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Listen: John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands Give Rare 1975 'Woman Under the Influence' Talk

1 April 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Cassavetes originally wrote "A Woman Under the Influence," the raw story of a lovably mad housewife who is also a danger to herself, as a play for his muse and partner Gena Rowlands. But it proved to be too exhausting for a stage production and so the maverick indie director turned to family and friends, including Peter Falk, who co-stars in the film as Rowlands' patient husband, for money and rounded up AFI students to make this volatile film that nabbed them both Oscar nominations. Listen below to a rare 90-minute interview about the film, and filmmaking. This was Rowlands fifth pairing with Cassavetes after "Shadows," "A Child Is Waiting," "Faces" and "Minnie and Moskowitz." Together they would go on to make some of the most startling films of the century, from "Opening Night" to "Love Streams." Watch a Beautiful Tribute Reel to Gena Rowlands »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Today in Movie Culture: Disney Princess Rap Battle, 'The Princess Bride' Meets 'Game of Thrones' and More

12 March 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Just in time for the Cinderella remake, here's Sarah Michelle Gellar as its title character in a rap battle against Belle from Beauty and the Beast (played by Whitney Avalon). See another battle, between Princess Leia and Lotr's Galadriel, at Geek Tyrant.   Peter Falk reads Game of Thrones to Fred Savage in this mash-up of the HBO series and The Princess Bride (via Devour):   This whole Jurassic Park-themed set-up, which can used to decorate your home theater or bedroom or baby nursery, is for sale on eBay (via Geekologie):   The latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dubbed by kids is as adorable as it sounds (via Geek Alert):   Kill Bill...

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'The Americans' star Matthew Rhys: Philip would defect 'in a heartbeat'

4 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last week, I published the first two of the interviews I did on “The Americans” set in December, with producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields , and with actress Holly Taylor. Now it’s time for one of the show’s two leads, as charming Welshman(*) Matthew Rhys and I talked about where Philip’s head is at in season 3, the pros and cons of so much wig work, why Keri Russell is referred to on set as “The Hulk,” how “The A-Team” helped inform his performance as Philip, and more. (*) My biggest regret about this interview? That I turned off the recorder right before FX’s Lana Kim prompted Rhys to share a memory of one of his first American jobs, as the killer in the final “Columbo” movie. This involved him doing a dead-on Peter Falk impression as he recalled that Falk wanted him to play the killer as a Cockney gangster, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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It’S A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Criterion Review

22 January 2015 2:49 PM, PST | | See recent news »


Captain T. G. Culpeper Spencer Tracy J. Russell Finch Milton Berle Melville Crump Sid Caesar Benjy Benjamin Buddy Hackett Mrs. Marcus Ethel Merman Ding Bell Mickey Rooney Sylvester Marcus Dick Shawn Otto Meyer Phil Silvers J. Algernon Hawthorne Terry-Thomas Lennie Pike Jonathan Winters Monica Crump Edie Adams Emeline Finch Dorothy Provine Cabdriver Eddie “Rochester” Anderson Tyler Fitzgerald Jim Backus Man driving in the desert Jack Benny Union official Joe E. Brown Biplane pilot Ben Blue Police sergeant Alan Carney Detective Chick Chandler Mrs. Halliburton Barrie Chase Mayor Lloyd Corrigan Police chief William Demarest Sheriff of Crocket County Andy Devine Ginger Culpeper (voice) Selma Diamond Cabdriver Peter Falk Detective Normal Fell Colonel Wilberforce Paul Ford Deputy sheriff Stan Freberg Billie Sue Culpeper (voice) Louise Glenn Cabdriver Leo Gorcey Fire chief Sterling Holloway Mr. Dinckler Edward Everett Horton Irwin Marvin Kaplan Jimmy the Cook Buster Keaton Nervous motorist Don Knotts Airport »

- Sam Moffitt

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‘A Woman Under the Influence’: Marriage in Crisis

20 January 2015 7:18 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A Woman Under the Influence

Directed by John Cassavetes

Written by John Cassavetes

1974, USA

“Woman is a symptom of Man” — Jacques Lacan

A Woman Under the Influence (1974) tells the story of a marriage in crisis. Mabel (Gena Rowlands) is suffering from an unnamed psychological condition that is threatening to tear her family apart. Her husband, Nick (Peter Faulk), desperately tries to keep everything together but he is being stretched beyond his own sanity. The children are passive in the beginning until the finale where they become extremely defensive of their mother, pushing their father away, becoming angelic, innocent buffers to Nick’s violent attempts to break her spell.

Cassavetes depicts marriage in A Woman Under the Influence as a battle where two competing definitions of reality constantly clash. Nick is stuck in an ideal memory of his wife when she was happy, most likely before they had children but Cassavetes »

- Cody Lang

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