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Posted by martinteller on December 25, 2004

The only way to get A Woman Under the Influence (one of my top 100) on DVD in the correct aspect ratio (besides ordering the Canadian version) is to get the John Cassavetes: Five Films box set from Criterion.  The only other Cassavetes film I’ve seen is Minnie and Moskowitz, which I wasn’t crazy about.  So the box set was a risk for me, and I’ve been hesitant to buy it, but I asked my wife to get it for me for Xmas, and here it is.  Isn’t that a fascinating story?

Cassavetes’ first film is interesting, but too amateurish to really get into.  It would be better if the acting weren’t so stagey.  According to the booklet in the box set, Shadows is responsible for launching the independent film movement.  That might be an exaggeration, but it is obviously a bold and unique film for its time, just not quite my cup of tea.  Rating: 6 


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