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Blu-ray Review: 'Opening Night' (BFI rerelease)

28 May 2013 2:08 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ American director John Cassavetes was incomprehensibly undervalued in his own country despite single-handedly creating Us independent film with his 1958 palate cleanser Shadows. When Opening Night (1977) was released on Christmas Day 1977, it played one cinema in Los Angeles to empty houses and was similarly ignored in New York. The film was only picked up by an American distributor in 1991. Opening Night is Cassavetes' last masterpiece; a poetic work of fiery urgency, it stands as one of the finest films about both the burden of artistry and the devastating toll of ageing in show business.

Cassavetes' wife and longtime collaborator Gena Rowlands plays Myrtle, a famous screen and stage actress rehearsing a play in preparation for a forthcoming Broadway run. After leaving the theatre one evening with director Manny (Ben Gazzara), playwright Sarah (Joan Blondell) and producer David (Paul Stewart, the Butler from Citizen Kane), she witnesses an obsessed young fan (Laura Johnson »

- CineVue UK

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