Blame the Teamsters.
"Curtain up": A successful backstage story. If Cassavetes chose the "failure" melodrama for the final, this movie probably sucks (let alone Black Swan and Perfect Blue with that cliche) . He chose the right thing and said that "the show must go on through all circumstances." Peter Bogdanovich made a cameo in the final (also Peter Falk). At the end, "Superman" did his best.
Sometimes I think about this pseudo-genre, in which women go crazy from not being desirable enough and get kind of annoyed. As if there couldn’t possibly be anything more to female madness than anxiety over not being attractive. Still, I think this film is just as much about the pull of a supermassive personality. What happens when a woman so charismatic grows so powerful that even she fails to escape her gravity?
Posiblemente la obra mas profundamente compleja a la que el dúo Cassavetes/Rowlands haya conseguido, donde la psicología del personaje ya no solo se manifiesta a traves de sus acciones, sino que ahora ésta se construye a traves de un imaginario delirante, la lucha extrema de una mujer contra sus propios fantasmas que la rodean incesentamente. No hay duda: estamos ante la mas "bergmaniana" de las obras de Cassavetes.
Definitely an incredible performance by Gena Rowlands as Myrtle. The hype is real. People who love acting, theatre, plays, natural dialogue, spontaneous improvising should enjoy this movie. It is because of this movie I realized why a woman never reveals her age. Fuckin old ass wrinkly hot-flash-havin great great great grandmas!
In Cassavetes brilliant film, Gena Rowlands plays a distressed actress who must be in a role that closely resembles her current life: facing aging, dealing with decaying beauty, and the memories of her more glorious youth. All triggered by the death of a fan outside a theater in New Heaven. Almodovar created the same scene in his postmodern "All About My Mother".