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Big screen classics

Opening Night

John Cassavetes proffers a wonderfully witty, touching and insightful portrait of an actress.

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USA 1977
Dir John Cassavetes
With Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, John Cassavetes, Joan Blondell
144min
Digital
Certificate 15

Always intrigued by the relationship between ‘reality’ and ‘performance’, Cassavetes proffers a wonderfully witty, touching and insightful portrait of an actress (Rowlands) who’s anxious about ageing, status and the effect she has on colleagues, friends, lovers and the audience. Electrifying performances from all involved make for a film of extraordinary spontaneity and authenticity; for the celebrated ‘drunk scene’ Rowlands really did get pie-eyed!

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