#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic actress who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle’s fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star’s attention. Myrtle internalizes the accident and goes on a spiritual quest, but fails to finds the answers she is after. As opening night inches closer and closer, fragile Myrtle must find a way to make the show go on.
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This is just a brief note for anyone who wants background information about how Opening Night was made or what Cassavetes intended when he made it. I just came across–and VERY highly recommend–Ray Carney’s Cassavetes on Cassavetes book. Carney has amazing behind-the-scenes information about how Cassavetes created Opening Night and all of his other no-budget wonders. Carney knew Cassavetes and had hundreds of hours of conversations with him before his death about his philosophy of life and art. It’s all in the book. It is full of previously unknown material, nutty stories, and nutty filmmaking anecdotes. For example: Did you know that Peter Bogdanovich filmed one scene? Or that the unions tried to stop the production, picketing and shouting down the actors? Or that Joan Blondell almost quit in the middle of the shot because she was so confused by Cassavetes methods? What a crazy, inspiring guy Cassavetes was and what a nut case when it came to getting things done! If you can’t find the book, Carney’s web site has excerpts. But try to get the real thing. Opening Night is a great movie and you just won’t believe everything Cassavetes went through to make it. What a guy. What a film!
Well, it certainly won’t be confused with a Michael Bay film!
Despite the very, very positive reviews for this film and a very high score of 7.9, this film is NOT for everyone. I think had the film been shown to a hundred people and they reviewed and scored it, it would have been a lot lower–and with a WIDELY skewed distribution. People would either love it or hate it. However, the average person also would not just pick up a film directed by John Cassavetes. They might love him in “The Dirty Dozen” or “Rosemary’s Baby”–but these are his commercial projects and ones in which he only acted. His own films are very personal and don’t even attempt to be commercial but are artsy and often about topics that aren’t all that marketable. The bottom line is that he did films he loved to make and didn’t seem to care if the public embraced them–at least that’s the perception most people ‘in the know’ have of his movies.
As for “Opening Night”, it’s clearly not intended as a crowd pleaser! Like many of his film, it stars his wife, Gena Rowlands, and is VERY introspective and non-traditional in style. In many ways, it plays like an Ingmar Bergman film as made by an American. And so, if you love Bergman, you’ll probably love this film–and if you think Bergman is dull, then you’ll DEFINITELY think this film is as well.
The film also stars Ben Gazzara–another actor frequently used by Cassavetes. A couple other very interesting choices for major roles are Paul Stewart (a great heavy from the 1940s and 50s) and Joan Blondell (a star from the 1930s). It’s nice to see these familiar faces late in their careers–as Hollywood seemed to have no interest in these veteran actors–yet Cassavetes just didn’t seem to care about marketability.
“Opening Night” is a film that is about an opening night of a play. Unexpectedly, one of the star’s fans VERY obsessed fans is killed outside the theater–and the star (Rowlands) begins to suffer what appears to be a nervous breakdown through the course of the movie. As far as the film’s structure goes, it was VERY unconventional–with long scenes from the play interspersed throughout the movie. Also, like many Cassavetes films, it features odd camera work and occasionally use of a deliberately bad focus. Fans of Cassavetes will eat this up but the average person (if they even see the film) will be confused and probably very bored by the whole thing. I am not a typical film viewer and like a lot of artsy films–yet I must admit I did not enjoy this film. Perhaps if I see a few more of his films, then I will find myself a fan (this has happened on a few occasions with other beloved film makers). What I did like and appreciate is that at least the film took some risks and was not conventional. I really wanted to like this movie a lot more than I did.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 24 min (144 min)
Director John Cassavetes
Writer John Cassavetes
Actors Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell
Awards Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory MGM Laboratories Inc.
Film Length 3,940 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm