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gena rowlands owns this role; despite a very credible performance in a remake by another actress.there is the law of primacy (one tends to like to first version) but there is also the flavor of new york in ms rowlands acting; and quite possible the influence of her late husband, john cassavettes.she is one of the few actress that always commands my attention in a film. should the opportunity present see her in woman under the influence...exceptional.there is also her role in notebook, which is also a inside look into a marriage and the mental problmes that accompany aging. ms. rowlands exhudes a woman with a mind of her own and a precusor to today's independent women in film. as far as i know there has never been a whisper of inappropriate behavior on her part. a total woman and actor.
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