Opening Night


John Cassavetes • 144 min. • USA

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The reason Myrtl Gorden is such a phenomenal actress is that she makes a character her own. But in the midst of rehearsing her latest play this talent might become her downfall…


In a constant hazy state of mind, the border between what is real and what isn’t becomes less clear every minute. And when she witnesses the deathly accident of a young adoring fan she starts spiraling down even further. Opening Night (1977) is the psychological portrait of a drunken actress questioning her profession, age and life itself. 


Film couple Gena Rowlands and director John Cassavetes met in the early 50’s in New York, where both attended the American Academy of Drama Arts. She wasn’t interested in love -too focused on her career- ; but he was a romantic and not giving up on her. They started working together and were married in 1954. 

Smashing a producer in the face who secretly edited his work, Cassavetes soon burned all his bridges in Hollywood. Both purist pur sang, the couple found themselves in – at that time unheard of – fully self financed productions, shot in friend and family homes with borrowed cameras. Cassavetes is seen as the pioneer of independent cinema. 

Opening Night is just one of their phenomenal collaborations. Cassavetes and Rowland made 10 films together before his early death in 1989.


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