Although slightly more expensive than his first four films – Shadows (1959), Too Late Blues (1961), A Child is Waiting (1963) and Faces (1968) – it is a fascinating insight into how independent films were made before the Sundance revolution.
But he was using this acting money to self-finance his films as a director – often shooting scenes in his own home – and even forming as a company to handle foreign distribution.
This BBC documentary probably aired on BBC1 around the UK release.
Note the following:
- The incredibly posh BBC presenter
- The light handheld cameras
- Use of real locations
- The improvised dolly on the back of a car
- How Cassevetes works his actors
- Use of long lenses
- The ‘problem’ of a professional crew
- Working with ‘no story’
- The hose down at (what is presumably) Heathrow airport
- Cassevetes getting frustrated with his crew
- The sheer amount of smoking that goes on
- Filming at Bank Station on the London Underground
- Cassavetes saying: “Actors will put their money where their mouth is. Directors won’t”
> Husbands at the IMDb and Wikipedia
> Ray Carney’s links on Cassevetes
> Article on the making of Husbands
> Ben Gazzara (1930-2012) – including video of a memorable chat show appearance
> More on Independent film at Wikipedia