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Minnie and Moskowitz (Widescreen) [Import]
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"Before I met you, I thought I was in trouble," says moneyed museum worker Minnie (Gena Rowlands) to longhaired car park attendant Seymour (Seymour Cassel) over a hot dog and a coffee. Such is the basis of true love in Minnie and Moskowitz, a shaggy, unusually romantic comedy that is nonetheless pure John Cassavetes. After a long introductory sequence in which each character fills the screen with the rhythm of their respective lives, they meet when Seymour rescues Minnie from a blind date gone hopelessly bad. Minnie and Seymour have almost nothing in common--he's a talkative, spontaneous goof with quicksilver emotions, a dead-end job, and little ambition, she's a shy, insecure but sincere upper-class single in an abusive affair with a married man (an uncredited Cassavetes, insidiously charming and cruelly bullying). But they are both lonely romantics with a love of Bogart movies. As in most of Cassavetes's work, the script is less a story than a string of dramatic engagements colored with the quirks and emotional impulses of its characters, and he takes his time exploring the nooks and crannies of the volatile relationship. But amidst the shouting matches and frenzied fights are moments of quiet intimacy, and it turns into the most hopeful portrait of romantic love in the Cassavetes canon, complete with a sunny, uncharacteristically happy home movie ending. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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funny. You can be laughing and crying in the same scene because it tells truths
about love and life. Cassavetes is never merely an entertainer. He wants to make
you think. I also want to highly recommend a new book where Cassavetes talks
about this film and all of his other ones. It's by Ray Carney and called
Cassavetes on Cassavetes, and is the geatest collection of "behind the scenes"
stories I've ever read anywhere. (It's available at a discount on this site.)
Great book. Great stories. Turns out that Cassavetes was as nutty and wild as
Moskowitz is in this film. Is that good or bad? You'll have to decide for
yourself. That's the way Cassavetes movies are. You have to think about them.
You'll be talking about this movie for a long time.
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I think most of the reviews for this movie are positive simply because the sample of opinions is rather skewed. Read morePublished on April 19 2004
I love Cassavetes, but I had a hard time getting into this one. Seymour Cassel yells and punches his way through a part that needed more hippie sweetness to win me over. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002 by Arch Llewellyn
Rarely have I hated a movie as much. It's badly shot, badly written and the characters bear no resemblance to anyone I've ever met. Read morePublished on April 29 2002 by Girl Writer
Is Moskowitz out of his mind? What's wrong with Minnie?
Cassavetes teaches us that love might not appear as we want it to; as "a knight in shining armor" or... Read more