Gena Rowlands (the real-life of the late John Cassavetes)is compelling and excellent to watch as a stage actress (Myrtle Gordon)at the peak of her profession who suffers a mental breakdown following the tragic and accidental death of a teenage fan.John Cassavetes the father of American independent cinema is a true genius at showing the complexties of human beings and human emotions in all of his films. In 'Opening Night,' he shows that a celebrity's life is not as charmed as everyone perceives it to be. I felt sorry for Myrtle when I saw the film and how she broke down after the death of her teenage fan. One is sympathetic towards her as you realise her life is not that happy in spite of her fame and and achievements, she has sacrificed marriage and motherhood for her art, she has a drink problem,age is creeping up on her and for 'older,'actresses acting parts are limited and she is haunted by images of the dead teenage girl appearing before her. Opening Night is a good film and I would recommend this film to anyone to see as an example of John Cassavetes' fine talent as a director.The film has an impressive supporting cast of actors such as Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell and Cassavetes himself plus cameo appearances from other Cassavetes regulars such as Seymour Cassel and Peter Falk. It is one of the few films made that truly examines the emotional ups and downs of an actor's life and the pressure of life in the public eye.
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