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.


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.


Syndicate content