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Opening Night (1977)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 April 1978 (Sweden)
An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.

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David Samuels
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Dorothy Victor
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Louise Lewis ...
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Fred Draper ...
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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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Third of three collaborations of actor Ben Gazzara and writer-director John Cassavetes, the others being Husbands (1970) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), the latter being the only one that Cassavetes did not act in. The pair also both appeared in a non-Cassavetes written and directed movie, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969). See more »

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A bus rolls by the New Haven theater with an ad for KBIG FM 104, a Los Angeles station. See more »

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Maurice Aarons: I thought that small talk was too small, I thought big talk was too pretentious, I thought music was noise, and I thought art was bullshit.
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Referenced in All About My Mother (1999) See more »

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this is a bliss
19 August 2004 | by (switzerland) – See all my reviews

Let's go straight to the point: this is The Movie I would take with me on a desert island (with dvd player). It's just perfect. If a reason for you to see a movie is that you love the actors, you like to see them free to involve in the space and feelings, this movie is for you. See the scene when Myrtle (Rowlands) come on stage drunk and Maurice(Cassavetes) has to improvise because she doesn't follow the script anymore. If you're sensitive to the camera's movements, you'll be fascinated by the way the camera moves on stage, the particular flow, that give you the impression camera follow the actors as if it was lead by the theatrical principle of "private space"... amazing. And the story is just a brilliant mix of tale and realistic drama. Cassavetes is again arguing with Hollywood and the majors' politics, but this time, he do it through Broadway, making one of the most exciting movie about theater. Well, this movie is a bliss.


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