In 1983, during the production of John Cassavetes’s Love Streams, journalist Michael Ventura was hired by Cannon Films executive Menahem Golan to make a promotional documentary about the company’s first Cassavetes picture. The result was the sixty-minute “I’m Almost Not Crazy . . .”—John Cassavetes: The Man and His Work, which affords the viewer a rare, intimate glimpse into the great filmmaker’s process. In this excerpt, Cassavetes directs a climactic scene set during a rainstorm, contends with the film’s menagerie of animal performers, and then talks about the importance on a movie set of never knowing what the next day will bring.
Across the Great Divide: Creating Powell and Pressburger’s Stairway to Heaven
In one of the most stunning technical feats in their filmography, directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger envisioned a conveyance that sends souls into the great beyond.
Getting into Character for sex, lies, and videotape
Sex, shame, and sibling rivalry: actors Andie MacDowell and Laura San Giacomo talk about capturing the layers of conflict and taboo in Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature.
How Ron Shelton Did Justice to the “Talking Sport”
The director of Bull Durham explains the ins and outs of bringing baseball to the screen and why Kevin Costner is the finest athletic actor he’s worked with.