John Cassavetes  

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John Nicholas Cassavetes (December 9, 1929February 3, 1989) was a Greek American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film.

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Improvisation

The role of improvisation in Cassavetes' films is frequently misunderstood. His films were — with the exception of the original version of Shadows — heavily scripted. Confusion arises in part because Cassavetes allowed actors to bring their own interpretations of characters to their performances. Performances were scripted, but delivery was not. Cassavetes was also willing to revise the script if he saw an actor taking a character in a different direction.

Selected filmography

As Director

As Actor




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