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One of three films written and directed by John Cassavetes that got Oscar nominated. Gloria (1980) received one nomination for Best Actress (Gena Rowlands) who was also nommed for Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence (1974), which got two nominations, with Cassavetes also getting a Best Director nom. Faces (1968) received three nominations, two for acting in supporting roles, and one for Cassavetes for screen-writing. Cassavetes also was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Dirty Dozen (1967) in a film he neither wrote nor directed. Neither Rowlands nor Cassavetes ever won an Academy Award. See more »
At the end of the film after they put the children to bed. Nick follows Mabel down the stairs but in the next shot Nick comes out of the stairway first. See more »
This is probably one of the most intense films ever made, but to label it "intense" is to almost do it injustice. After all, almost all of the greatest works of art are intense, aren't they?
Although it is quite possible to find certain themes that run through this work, the movie almost seems to resist themes. Within its two-and-a-half hour running time, John Cassavetes touches on some of the most indescribable emotional states that human beings ever experience.
Technically, the film is equally excellent, with a nice minimalist score by Bill Harwood, softly beautiful cinematography, and fascinating editing. But all of this is merely in service of the brilliant performances by Rowlands, Falk, and the rest of the cast.
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