Five reasons to see John Cassavetes' Husbands
- Hannah McGill
- 5 September 2012
The restored 1970 indie dramedy stars Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk
1. John Cassavetes, the writer/director/star of Husbands, helped to invent the language of American independent cinema. Long, shambolic, improvised conversations; on-the-hoof street shooting complete with bemused bystanders; introspective middle class characters in neurotic spin-out… no wonder the Independent Spirit Awards still give a John Cassavetes prize for low-budget filmmaking.
2. The story (of sorts) of three friends drinking through the aftermath of a fourth pal’s funeral, Husbands is a hilarious/harrowing shaggy dog ramble that prefigures every portrayal of hapless American masculinity from Seinfeld to The Hangover.
3. Also sprawling, self-indulgent and frequently maddening, it’s one of the most critically divisive films of all time. Time magazine called it ‘one of the best movies anyone will ever see’, while Roger Ebert held it ‘an artistic disaster’.
5. Just one more thing… The third star onscreen is the great Peter Falk. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Columbo do a drunken striptease in a public place, this is the film for you.
Husbands is on selected re-release from Fri 28 Sep.