Feels like French New Wave in Beat NYC
Very admirable piece. Reminds me of the French New Wave in form, freewheeling dialogue, freewheeling camera, all on-location shooting, and barely a budget. Same mood of youthful aimlessness with creeping anxiety and alienation.
Esp admirable realizing it was made in 1959, pre-dating much of Godard's and Truffaut's efforts. It didn't have those innovation editing techniques like the jumpcuts, but still I'm impressed.
You can see Cassavetes' growth in progress. He made much better films later in his career. But I love seeing a director's debut to glean those influences, preoccupations and idiosyncrasies.