Husbands Review: John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk

Husbands (1970) Direction & Screenplay: John Cassavetes Cast: John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, Jenny Runacre, Jenny Lee Wright Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara in John Cassavetes' Husbands John Cassavetes was a filmmaker who made his independent films in two primary modes: brilliant character-driven masterpieces like Faces, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night, or character-driven mediocrities with "moments," like Shadows, A Woman Under the Influence, and Gloria. Husbands (1970) falls somewhere in between. Husbands is nowhere near a great film, for most of the time it is poorly edited and, surprisingly, poorly scripted. But in the scenes that are not overly long and utterly pointless lie the seeds for what could have been a truly brilliant work. As it is, Sony Pictures' 142-minute DVD version of Husbands plays out more like the opening scene of the Cassavetes effort that came before it, Faces, which began with a depiction of drunken
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