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opening night

opening night

opening night

1977 / 144min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOHN CASSAVETES

CAST: GENA ROWLANDS, JOHN CASSAVETES, BEN GAZZARA

Myrtle Gordon (Rowlands), an actress entering her Grand Dame years, is in final rehearsals for a play when a disturbed young fan is killed in front of her. She becomes unhinged, making war with the director, her costar, and the play itself. “I’ll do anything to make my characters more authentic,” she says. “I always have.” The playwright (Joan Blondell) insists she need only read her lines “with some feeling.” Are Myrtle’s disruptions a star trip? Has she gone mad? Or is she opening up a vein to salvage a terrible play? Staged and filmed by Cassavetes in front of a live audience, Opening Night is a cinematic representation of actors’ lives on-stage and off.