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WATCH: Martin Scorsese Talks the Influence of the Great John Cassavetes

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 3, 2014 at 12:43PM

The BFI has posted this clip from "A Personal Journey Through American Movies," wherein Martin Scorsese discusses the influence of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes. "Relationship were all he was interested in: the laughter and the games, the tears and the guilt, the whole roller coaster of love," says cinephile Scorsese. Watch below.
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John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands
John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands

The BFI has posted this clip from "A Personal Journey Through American Movies," wherein Martin Scorsese discusses the influence of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes (1929-1989). "Relationship were all he was interested in: the laughter and the games, the tears and the guilt, the whole roller coaster of love," says cinephile Scorsese. Watch below.

As a fledgling filmmaker in the early '70s, Scorsese was literally taken in by Cassavetes, who let the young Scorsese sleep at one of the "Minnie and Moskowitz" locations and gave him an assistant sound editor's credit. Scorsese has said that the two films that most informed his career were Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" and Cassavetes' "Shadows." 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.