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Opening Night (1977)

 -  Drama  -  17 April 1978 (Sweden)
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An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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David Samuels
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Dorothy Victor
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Nancy Stein
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Gus Simmons
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Jimmy
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Louise Lewis ...
Kelly (as Louise Fitch)
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Leo
Katherine Cassavetes ...
Vivian
Lady Rowlands ...
Melva Drake
Carol Warren ...
Carla
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A young woman gets killed in an accident trying to meet her favorite actress Myrtle Gordon after a play. Then Myrtle Gordon felt responsible for the killing leading her down to an emotional crisis that interferes with her professional work as an actress. Written by Chemi González <chemi01@hotmail.com>

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Director John Cassavetes had major problems getting the picture distributed in the USA. When it did get released, the seasons were limited, with the film performing very poorly at the box-office. After Cassavetes had passed away in early 1989, the film was acquired in 1991 by a major American distributor for re-release . See more »

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Maurice Aarons: I thought that small talk was too small, I thought big talk was too pretentious, I thought music was noise, and I thought art was bullshit.
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My brief review of the film
14 June 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Full of interesting ideas and really rather chilling at times, this account of a mental breakdown is fascinating to watch, with Gena Rowlands a glorious choice for the lead. It is in the way that Rowlands is able to carry emotion on her face that makes her performance so stunning, and along with some well used music and effective close-up photography, it is an intriguing piece of cinema, even if awkwardly very melodramatic at times and a tad hard to digest. The on and off-stage action in the protagonist's life is mixed together, and it is sort of muddled in this sense, though perhaps only as muddled as her mind is. The film poses such interesting questions about how much one should or does care, it portrays mental illness, and, it also has some insight into theatre production. It is very good stuff and only really brought down by being fatally overlong, with the content stretched to its limits.


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