Seeking polished perfection? Then look elsewhere. For John Cassavetes, spiritual father of American indies, production values were not a priority. His films are raw, rough and packed with fizzing emotional energy.
This collection stacks up five gems from his wildly uneven output. Shadows (1959), his debut, brings electric atmosphere to a tale of racial tensions among NYC bohos. Faces (1968) does likewise for breaking down a middle-class marriage. A Woman Under The Influence (1974) and Opening Night (1977) both star the helmer’s wife, Gena Rowlands, while The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (1976) is his idiosyncratic take on the gangster genre, with Ben Gazzara superb as the nightclub boss leant-on by the Mob.