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Gena Rowlands gives one of the greatest portrayals of mental illness ever seen in A Woman Under the Influence

Rarely do you see a performance quite as extraordinary as Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes’ classic 1974 drama A Woman Under the Influence. As Mabel, a housewife rapidly losing her mind (husband Nick, played by Peter Falk, describes her as “unusual, not crazy”), Rowlands is heartbreaking, lovable, and terrifying, often in the same scene. 362 more words

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Video of the Week: Los Angeles, The City in Cinema: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes, 1978)

Our video this week is a thoughtful analysis by essayist Colin Marshall of John CassavetesThe Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1978 director’s cut) as it relates to the city of… 105 more words

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The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences - THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

Cassavetes’ foray into the crime genre follows small-time nightclub owner Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara), who jumps from one big debt to another when, following his pay-off of a major gambling debt, he celebrates by losing $23,000 in a poker game that same night. 145 more words

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