Gus (Cassavetes), Harry (Ben Gazzara, The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie), and Archie (Peter Falk, A Woman Under The Influence) are long time best friends, living in the suburbs of New York. The fourth member of their group, Stuart, has suddenly died of heart attack. Following the funeral, the three middle-aged, married survivors go on binge of drinking, athletics, gambling, and womanizing, lasting several days, in an attempt to come to terms with Stuart’s death. —DVDverdict.com
Descending from Greek immigrants, John Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929. A popular high-school student, Cassavetes’ fascination for the performance arts led to stint at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He graduated in 1950 and supported himself by playing small parts on stage and TV. As an actor Cassavetes was typecast as tough villains, notably in The Night Holds Terror and the live-TV drama Crime in the Streets. He first gained notice for his performance in the working-class drama Edge of the City. Cassavetes’ acting workshops conducted in New York inspired him to make a film with his students. He funded Shadows through money borrowed from family and friends as well as donations from listeners of the radio show Night People. The film became a landmark in American cinema, winning prizes at the Venice Film Festival. It presented a raw glimpse into urban America in its story of three African-American siblings in 50s New York. Its impact on the emerging independent… read more
What's important here is what's offscreen. "Husbands" implies wives, who, with one striking exception, remain unseen. And the raucous, grasped-at intensity of this over-extended bender implies the constrictive normalcy of a routine. The desperate attempt at "living" implies the overwhelming fear of death. The corpse that starts off the film and whose spectral presence looms over it all remains, of course, unseen.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Husbands requires just as much patience from and challenges its viewer as much as any other Cassavetes movie, but just like any other of his work, you're glad you went through it by the time you get to the other side. Some scenes are rough (that bar scene with the singing) and others are equally rewarding (Harry at home as well as the final scene.) I liked it despite the lack of Gena Rowlands.
Like Faces, it's often difficult to sit through and suffocatingly uncomfortable. But once again, it fits the subject matter. His films are always about the barriers between people and connecting with each other; in Faces, it's jealousy, and here it's the macho male complex. Challenging but ultimately an important piece of work.
His work with Cassavetes springs to mind first, but there’s a playful variety in the range of roles he took on before and after.
The recent, long-awaited DVD release of John Cassavetes’ Husbands (1970) is more than enough of an excuse to feature this illustrated French
"Like my other films, The Headless Woman doesn't end in the moment that the lights go up, it ends one or two days later," Lucrecia Martel
Beautifully shot, genuine, noble. Husbands is first and foremost a film about manhood. To me, Cassavetes wonder: does the masculinity of men squeezed in middle class lives remain intact? Are the requirements… read review
Fantastic Cassavetes film, I’m glad it was finally released on DVD in the states. It’s basically Cassavetes, Peter Falk, and Ben Gazzara against the world. The death of their friend unwinds them… read review