John Cassavetes

Love Streams

Love Streams

The electric filmmaking genius John Cassavetes and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded souls who reunite after years apart. Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, Love Streams is a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling. This inquiry into the nature of love in all its forms was Cassavetes’s last truly personal work.

Film Info

  • John Cassavetes
  • United States
  • 1984
  • 141 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #721

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura
  • New video essay on actor Gena Rowlands by film critic Sheila O’Malley
  • New interviews with executive producer and director of photography Al Ruban and actor Diahnne Abbott
  • Interview from 2008 with actor Seymour Cassel
  • “I’m Almost Not Crazy . . .”—John Cassavetes: The Man and His Work (1984), a sixty-minute documentary by Ventura on the making of Love Streams
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Dennis Lim and a 1984 New York Times piece on the film by Cassavetes

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura
  • New video essay on actor Gena Rowlands by film critic Sheila O’Malley
  • New interviews with executive producer and director of photography Al Ruban and actor Diahnne Abbott
  • Interview from 2008 with actor Seymour Cassel
  • “I’m Almost Not Crazy . . .”—John Cassavetes: The Man and His Work (1984), a sixty-minute documentary by Ventura on the making of Love Streams
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Dennis Lim and a 1984 New York Times piece on the film by Cassavetes

New cover by Eric Skillman

Love Streams
Cast
Gena Rowlands
Sarah Lawson
John Cassavetes
Robert Harmon
Diahnne Abbott
Susan
Seymour Cassel
Jack Lawson
Margaret Abbott
Margarita
Jakob Shaw
Albie, Robert’s son
Michele Conway
Agnes, Albie’s mother
Eddy Donno
Albie’s stepfather
Joan Foley
Judge Dunbar
Al Ruban
Sarah’s lawyer
Tom Badal
Jack’s lawyer
Risa Martha Blewitt
Debbie Lawson
David Rowlands
Sarah’s psychiatrist
Robert Fieldsteel
Dr. Williams
John Roselius
Ken
Christopher O’Neal
Phyllis
Alexandra Cassavetes
Backup singers
Dominique Davalos
Julie Allan
Charlene
Renée Leflore
The girls
Leslie Hope
Joan Dykman
Bronwyn Bober
Victoria Morgan
Barbara DiFrenza
Cindy Davidson
Jamie Horton
Porters
François Duhamel
Raphael De Niro
Susan’s son
Credits
Director
John Cassavetes
Screenplay
Ted Allan
Screenplay
John Cassavetes
Based on a play by
Ted Allan
Executive producer
Al Ruban
Producers
Menahem Golan
Producers
Yoram Globus
Director of photography
Al Ruban
Art director
Phedon Papamichael
Unit production managers
Chris Pearce
Unit production managers
Al Ruban
Music
Bo Harwood
Editor
George C. Villaseñor
Sound mixers
Bo Harwood
Sound mixers
Richard Lightstone
Sound mixers
Mike Denecke
Costume designer
Jennifer Smith-Ashley
Makeup
Michael Stein
Hair
Deann Power
Assistant directors
Frank Beetson
Assistant directors
Randy Carter
Assistant directors
Eddy Donno
Assistant directors
Michael Lally
Stunt coordinator
Eddy Donno
Production office supervisor
Carole R. Smith
Script supervisor
Helen Caldwell
Set photographers
Larry Shaw
Set photographers
François Duhamel

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John Cassavetes

Writer, Director

John Cassavetes’ emotionally naked human dramas are benchmarks of American independent cinema. Having started out in New York as an actor, Cassavetes brought to his directorial efforts the same kinetic, heightened realism that marked his film and theater roles—a wily danger, the sense that at any moment things could explode from the inside. Shadows (1959), the first film he directed, self-financed for a mere $40,000, didn’t find much of an audience upon its small initial release, but it garnered Cassavetes some notice from critics (including a Venice Film Festival Critics Prize)—as well as studios, resulting in a couple of impersonal projects in the 1960s (Too Late Blues, A Child Is Waiting). He dove back into personal filmmaking later in the decade with the devastating domestic drama Faces (1968). Though hardly a crowd-pleaser, that film—made, like Shadows, wholly independently—was an art-house success, resulting in three Oscar nominations. From that point on, Cassavetes was synonymous with uncompromising, anti-studio American fare, working with a rotating cast of brilliant actors like Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, and, of course, his wife, Gena Rowlands, to touch raw nerves with such films as A Woman Under the Influence (1974), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), and Opening Night (1976). Cassavetes died in 1989.