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Opening Night (1978)

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Gena Rowlands Gena Rowlands
Myrtle Gordon
John Cassavetes John Cassavetes
Maurice Aarons
Ben Gazzara Ben Gazzara
Manny Victor
Joan Blondell Joan Blondell
Sarah Goode
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart
David Samuels
Zohra Lampert Zohra Lampert
Dorothy Victor
Laura Johnson Laura Johnson
Nancy Stein
John Tuell John Tuell
Gus Simmons


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A good movie

3 months, 1 week ago at Aug 20 9:02
Since I have always been intrigued by John Cassavetes's movies, I was quite eager to check out this movie. To be honest, I have to admit that it had been years, even decades, the last time I saw one of his directing efforts. Well, within the first 10 mins, I remembered how challenging his work can be. Indeed, with this movie, Cassavetes probably gave one of the less glamourous and definitely the b... read more
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While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to confront the chaos of her own life. Headlined by a virtuoso performance by Rowlands, John Cassavetes’s Opening Night lays bare the drama of a performer who, at great personal cost, makes a part her own, and it functions as a metaphor for the director’s singular, wrenched-from-the-heart creative method.
Release date: 17 April 1978
UPC: 013023002791
Tags: Drama (7), 1970s (6), 1977 (5), Alcoholism (5), Theater (4), Acting (3), Spiritualist (3), Limousine (3), 70's (2), Movie (1), 70s (1), Film (1), Stage Actress (1), Doomed Characters (1), Denial (1), Pathos (1), Obsolescence (1), American New Wave (1), Theatre (1)
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johanlefourbe posted a review 3 months, 1 week ago

A good movie

“Since I have always been intrigued by John Cassavetes's movies, I was quite eager to check out this movie. To be honest, I have to admit that it had been years, even decades, the last time I saw one of his directing efforts. Well, within the first 10 mins, I remembered how challenging his work can be. Indeed, with this movie, Cassavetes probably gave one of the less glamourous and definitely the bleakest look of what it can mean to be an actor. Still, as mentioned before, the damned thing was quite challenging, above all, because the main character was so destructive and also rather pathetic. As a result, I had a hard time to really care about what she was going through. Especially, at the end, when the actual opening night finally took place, I thought it was just infuriating to see her s” read more

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