GLORIA
1980, Sony Repertory, 123 min, USA, Dir: John Cassavetes

Writer-director John Cassavetes was hardly known for crime thrillers, but he made a riveting one in GLORIA. Gena Rowlands earned an Oscar nomination in the tough-as-nails title role, a mobster’s ex-girlfriend on the run through the gritty streets of New York with a young boy being targeted by hit men. Costarring Buck Henry.


ANOTHER WOMAN
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 81 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

With noisy construction going on where she lives, philosophy professor Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) rents a room in another building to complete her new book in peace. But now she’s next to a therapist’s office and can overhear the patients - among them an expectant mother (Mia Farrow) whose problems strike an unexpected chord with Marion. The top-flight supporting cast includes Gene Hackman, Blythe Danner, Ian Holm and, in his final film, John Houseman. This Bergman-esque drama (shot by Sven Nykvist) is among Allen’s most absorbing.


OPENING NIGHT
1977, Westchester Films, 144 min, USA, Dir: John Cassavetes

Preparing for a play about aging, Myrtle Gordon (an incredible Gena Rowlands) is fighting her own midlife crisis when she’s dealt a knockout blow - a young fan who’d sought her autograph is hit by a car and killed. As the production’s director (Ben Gazzara), costar (John Cassavetes) and playwright (Joan Blondell) insist that the show must go on, Myrtle descends into drink and depression as opening night approaches.


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