MIN­NIE AND MOSKOWITZ (1971)

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The sixth fea­ture in the John Cas­savetes canon is built on won­der­ful per­for­mances from a cast led by Gena Row­lands and Seymour Cas­sel in the ti­tle roles. Row­lands was run­ner-up for Best Ac­tress at the 1971 New York Film Crit­ics Cir­cle Awards (los­ing to Jane Fonda in Klute). Seymour Moskowitz is a boor­ish man-child who parks cars for a liv­ing; Min­nie Moore is a mu­seum cu­ra­tor. She’s look­ing for the kind of ro­man­tic love that the movies sell, but bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence keeps telling her that real life doesn’t deal in that. Cas­savetes turns up (un­cred­ited) as Min­nie’s abu­sive mar­ried lover. Like many of Cas­savetes’ movies, this has a lived-in, nat­u­ral feel that comes in no small part from his cast­ing of friends and fam­ily (his mother plays Seymour’s mom, Gena’s mother plays Min­nie’s) and his easy, lib­eral way with ac­tors. The pic­ture is a rue­ful, rough-and-tum­ble paean to mi­nor

league ro­mance — the sort, Cas­savetes seems to sug­gest, that a lot of peo­ple have to set­tle for. — Jonathan Richards

Drama, 113 min­utes, not rated, 10 a.m. Sun­day, Oct. 18, Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, 3 chiles

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