My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

Once again, John Cassavetes captures drunken stupor to absolute perfection. In this exceptionally well-acted film,  plays a beautiful young woman who captures the fancy of . Marley has just left his wife () in search of something better, and thinks Rowlands is it, although she doesn’t immediately agree. Carlin follows her state of shock at having been abandoned by getting interested in a young man () who has just arrived to New York from Detroit. The natural quality of the acting is unmistakably important and would have a huge impact on cinema for the future, but the story itself is, like many of Cassavetes’ films, too intent on being unpleasant and might come off a bit pretentious.

USA, 1968

Directed by

Screenplay by John Cassavetes

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by Maurice McEndree, Al Ruban

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Seymour Cassel as “Chet”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lynn Carlin as “Maria Forst”)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen) (John Cassavetes)


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