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A Woman Under the Influence

Opens on December 1

Director: John Cassavetes Run Time: 155 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 1974

Starring: Fred Draper, Gena Rowlands, Katherine Cassavetes, Lady Rowlands, Peter Falk

Screenwriter: John Cassavetes

Producer: Sam Shaw

Nominated for multiple Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes (and taking home her share of wins), Gena Rowlands is a legend forever.  Across her extensive career, she’s worked with Jim Jarmsuch, Paul Mazursky, William Friedkin, Terence Davies — and John Cassavetes, with whom she had one of the greatest ongoing actor-director collaborations in film history.

Charting Rowlands’ transformation as “Mabel” from endearingly kooky to bleakly incoherent and back again, A Woman Under the Influence is perhaps the most important examination of mental health ever captured onscreen.

Cassavetes observes the ricochets between Mabel’s health and her in-laws’ “influence”— but at the heart of this film is her relationship with her conservative husband (an equally amazing Peter Falk), who struggles in vain to pull Mabel out of her ever-worsening decline.  Both tough-as-bricks and delicate, WOMAN goes straight for the throat.

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