An episode of French television channel ORTF’s filmmaker-focused documentary series Cinéastes de notre temps (Filmmakers of Our Time) on American independent cinema maverick, John Cassavetes (Husbands, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie).

The documentary aired in 1969 and Cassavetes was fresh off shooting Faces with John Marley, Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel. It’s an intimate, kinetic and fun portrait of Cassavetes, including discussions about his working methods, his relationship with camera operator George Sims, American independent cinema, budget constraints, driving around listening to the Beach Boys, anecdotes about Don Siegel, insight into the production of Faces and Shadows in the editing room, the different versions of Shadows, among many other topics. You’ll notice the consistent laughter throughout the interview, which may give the best understanding of Cassavetes as a personality.