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Opening Night (1977)

(PG) 144 mins

Watch it for free at Hulu via IMDB.

Plot Summary: An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.

Director/Writer: John Cassavetes

Stars: Gena RowlandsJohn Cassavetes and Ben Gazzara

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  If watching almost 2 1/2 hours of an aging actress in the 1970s lose her mind is your thing, you’ll enjoy this movie.  Rowlands was extremely convincing.  Some of the scenes are so awkward they’re even genuinely funny.  The rest of the actors were also very good.  The character development is right up there with some of the best I’ve ever seen…but at what cost?  This film ran too long for me about a depressing subject to which I didn’t relate very much.  Also, the audio/visual quality has not stood up to the test of time.  So, although it was an extremely well-done film for what it is, I didn’t like what it is very much.  I’d recommend this film to an artsy, post-menopausal woman…everyone else who watches this movie may find out how excruciatingly slowly 2 1/2 hours can pass.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

2 responses to “Opening Night (1977)

  1. Jon

    The artsy post-menopausal women I hang out with never take my movie suggestions, but I’ll see if this does the trick.

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