Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1968. Screenplay by John Cassavetes. Cinematography by Al Ruban. Produced by Maurice McEndree. Music by Jack Ackerman. Production Design by Phedon Papamichael. Film Editing by Maurice McEndree, Al Ruban. Academy Awards 1968.
Once again, John Cassavetes captures drunken stupor to absolute perfection. In this exceptionally well-acted film, Gena Rowlands plays a beautiful young woman who captures the fancy of John Marley. Marley has just left his wife (Lynn Carlin) 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 (Seymour Cassel) 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.