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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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David Samuels
Zohra Lampert ...
Dorothy Victor
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Nancy Stein
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Gus Simmons
Ray Powers ...
Jimmy
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Louise Lewis ...
Kelly (as Louise Fitch)
Fred Draper ...
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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Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, and Peter Bogdanovich all make cameos in the opening night scene. See more »

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Nancy Stein: I never bothered you. You want to kill me. I devoted my life to you. To movies. To music. To theater. I'm 17 years old. I like sex. I like to turn people on. And that's what the theater is: sex. It's like getting laid.
Myrtle Gordon: Um, what did you do to her?
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Masterpiece Drama from Cassavates...
19 October 2001 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Beautiful film, pure Cassavetes style. Gena Rowland gives a stunning performance of a declining actress, dealing with success, aging, loneliness...and alcoholism. She tries to escape her own subconscious ghosts, embodied by the death spectre of a young girl. Acceptance of oneself, of human condition, though its overall difficulties, is the real purpose of the film. The parallel between the theatrical sequences and the film itself are puzzling: it's like if the stage became a way out for the Heroin. If all american movies could only be that top-quality, dealing with human relations on an adult level, not trying to infantilize and standardize feelings... One of the best dramas ever. 10/10.


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