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Minnie and Moskowitz

John Cassavetes made a valiant effort to play by the rules in this 1971 romantic comedy about two lovable misfits—a parking lot attendant (Seymour Cassel) and an art curator (Gena Rowlands). But the intensity of the performances, as well as the barreling physicality that Cassavetes demands from his actors, quickly comes into strange and fruitful conflict with the regulations of the genre. It's a funny film, and it's even charming in a shaggy way, but there isn't a light moment in it—Cassavetes demands that comedy be played as passionately as drama. With Val Avery and Timothy Carey.

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