My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Minnie And Moskowitz (1971)

JOHN CASSAVETES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.  , .  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by , , .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Seymour Cassel and Gena Rowlands in Minnie And Moskowitz

John Cassavetes brings his take-no-prisoners style of filmmaking to the romantic screwball genre, fashioning a totally off-kilter tale of two unlikely lovers. Classy, ladylike museum employee Minnie (Gena Rowlands) meets violent-tempered, crass parking attendant Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel) and something between them clicks. They go out on disastrous dates that end with misunderstandings and drag-out fights, but work towards the realization that they want to try and be together. The supporting characters that surround them are often even more bizarre than our leads, particularly a hysterical scene in a restaurant when Minnie agrees to go out on a date with a long-suffering admirer who loses his marbles at the dinner table. Unlike most Cassavetes ventures, this one is a bitter pill with a sweetness at its centre.

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