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Opening Night

Opening Night
  • 1978
  • US
  • 144 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Cassavetes
  • Written by: John Cassavetes
  • Cast: Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert, John Cassavetes

Cassavetes turns his hand to a backstage drama about an ageing actress at a crisis point in her career. It boldly parallels Rowlands' real-life position in the industry with her onstage/onscreen character. The film is hysterical, overlong and yet as profound a portrait of an actress on the edge of breakdown as you will find outside of Bergman's 'The Face'.

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