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.


LOVE STREAMS
1984, Park Circus, 141 min, USA, Dir: John Cassavetes

Love streams and surges in strange ways in this latter-era film by the great John Cassavetes. He also stars as Robert Harmon, a boozy, hedonistic writer who’s thrown for a loop when the son he’s never seen is dropped off on his doorstep. The kid is followed in short order by Harmon’s beleaguered sister (Gena Rowlands), a woman who thinks she can deliver balance to their lives via a taxi full of rescued animals.


THE KILLERS (1964)
1964, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Donald Siegel

This second adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway short story features Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager as hit men puzzled by the calm demeanor of their latest victim (John Cassavetes). The dead man held the secret to a million-dollar heist, and the missing loot draws the killers into the worlds of femme fatale Sheila Farr (Angie Dickinson) and mob boss Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan, in his final film role before turning to politics).


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