Minnie And Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel in person!)

With a heart as big, weird, and unwieldy as its protagonist’s Yosemite Sam moustache, John Cassavetes’ cracked love story Minnie and Moskowitz mixes his trademark character-driven raw emotionalism with the crowd-pleasing formula of the screwball rom-com to concoct his warmest and most endearing film. Seymour Cassel (at his most rollicking and passionate) stars as a scruffy, longhaired parking attendant with no ambition, who, by way of fist-fight, tumbles into the life of Gena Rowlands, a reserved LACMA curator who anxiously hides from the world behind her octagonal shades. Both of them love ice cream and Casablanca, but Minnie is so terrified of being hurt it takes a Moskowitz (a veritable bulldozer of love) to break down her walls, and open her heart. Cassel’s increasingly awkward attempts are both heartbreaking and hilarious, and his quirky inhabitation of such a charmingly desperate man hits a deep chord with anyone who’s ever felt inexplicably drawn towards the romantically unobtainable. We’re excited to welcome back for the always-exuberant Seymour Cassel for a post-screening Q&A, to talk about a film dear to both his heart and ours!
Dir. John Cassavetes, 1971, 35mm, 114 min.

Watch the trailer for “Minnie and Moskowitz”!
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