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Opening Night

Instrueret af John Cassavetes
USA, 1977


Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) rehearses for her latest play, about a woman unable to admit that she is aging. When she witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, she begins to confront the turmoil she faces in her own life.

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Opening Night Instrueret af John Cassavetes
Certainly no one thinks of his films as entertainment, yet in this scene, driven by desperation, entertainment becomes briefly heroic. I’ve never seen anything else like it: a tightrope act without a net, but also without the rope, or the laws of gravity—only the spirits of the performers precariously balancing upon each other.
August 22, 2018
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Despite Maurice having been her former lover and the director’s obvious love for her, she remains isolated inside a half-empty bottle of J&B; her reality and fantasy coalesced. The relationships within Opening Night, both real and fictional, cross lines on screen until they are so muddled the only thing left for them to do is evaporate. This film sits perfectly in the Cassavetes oeuvre; it’s all about performance––its potential, its limits, and its future.
July 13, 2016
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The play fuels discomfort, and along with it, Myrtle’s confusion and anxiety. When she says, “I’m in trouble, I’m not acting,” her evident self-awareness is devastating.
July 10, 2016
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  • chanandre's rating of the film Opening Night

    Gena Rowlands is a walking, speaking, feeling, melting down masterpiece of a woman.She's such an epic actress even the wrinkles on her eye bags are acting! Every skin pore in her face is in character.Moved me watching her gradually loosing her shit.Loved the way she battles her own teen ghost as harshly as she does her accepting being old.The way she manages to convey emotion with the slowest movement of her lips <3

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Opening Night

    ROWLANDS & CASSAVETES. Couple in life, on screen & on stage of the theater where the film is shot. A masterpiece of intelligence in writing, editing, filming. CASSAVETES-GAZZARA are amazing, she's awesome === Couple dans la vie, à l'écran & sur la scène du théâtre où le film est tourné. Un chef d'oeuvre d'intelligence dans l'écriture, le montage, la façon de filmer. Le duo d'hommes est génial & elle, époustouflante.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Opening Night

    Entering middle age is a drag. I'm 39 (sigh) and I feel like one must 'grow into' a film like this. I may not have appreciated this as much if I had seen it when I was 19 or even 29. In a way the stage/theater world setting extrapolates the performativity of a 'young' person, and how once you've gotten past that and cut out the bullshit from your life, you've outlived your usefulness. Life is a young person's game.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Opening Night

    This film is very meta... Gena Rowlands is an actress playing another actress: the unstable Myrtle Gordon, whose mental health is jeopardised by a new play and lead character she refuses to accept and the accidental death of a young fan that comes back to haunt her. While it could have benefited from a shorter running time, this is yet another outstanding collaboration between Rowlands and Cassavetes.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Opening Night

    An extraordinary and insightful character study of human mortality, set within the brutal world of show business. Gena Rowlands fearlessly runs the gamut of human emotions whilst superbly portraying a fading star dealing with denial, acceptance, regret, guilt and a full blown meltdown.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Opening Night

    Brilliant film from Cassavettes! Those who associate him with "realism" should inquire within, because this shows him at his most stylized, full of meta-games but with a beating heart never far from view as a woman who has nothing in her life but art starts to, for lack of a better word, act out. The finale is a happily cathartic (and personal) ode to acting—with the hope that maybe it could sort out your life, too.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Opening Night

    Gena Rowlands is exhilarating in this tale penned and directed by John Cassavetes exploring an actress' fear when required to play a woman past her prime. The personal crisis this inspires is both riveting and upsetting and often hard to watch as her fellow thespians and back stage players are often held hostage by her moods, imaginings and whims. Gazzara, Cassavetes and Joan Blondell also give strong turns here.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Opening Night

    3 1/2 out of 5 stars. A pretty solid movie that kind of left me scratching my head towards the end despite an entertaining stage sequence. Gena Rowlands is slowly becoming my dream woman and the entire cast was great. Not exactly my favorite of Cassavetes' work but still a worthwhile watch and a bit more accessible than his other movies.

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