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Woman Under the Influence
     

A Woman Under the Influence

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Director: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Matthew Cassel

Cast: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Matthew Cassel

 

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John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, which is something of a shame considering this is one of Cassavetes' best films with an

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John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, which is something of a shame considering this is one of Cassavetes' best films with an outstanding performance from Gena Rowlands. Hopefully some company will take an interest in this title in the future.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - John Guida
John Cassavetes' pioneering masterpiece A Woman Under the Influence set a bold standard for the early independent movement. The action centers on Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands), a suburban housewife and mother prone to harrowing mental breakdowns that ravage her family life. The performances often veer unsettlingly into vérité. Rowlands's emotional range as Mabel -- flighty and soaring one moment and meek and whimpering the next -- is among the finest performances in film. Much the same could be said for Peter Falk's turn as her husband, the blue-collar guy's guy Nick. He's on a hellish roller-coaster ride from rage to tenderness and back as he struggles to keep his family together. Cassavetes casts our eyes upon this implosion and never lets us blink, making for a uniquely moving film experience.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Though "women's liberation" was never mentioned, John Cassavetes's timely dissection of a wife's coming undone wrenchingly revealed the insolvable contradictions of domesticity. With his signature "improvisational" yet scripted style, Cassavetes used hand-held long takes, close-ups, and zooms to mine the minute details of character and emotion evinced by his wife Gena Rowlands and his frequent collaborator Peter Falk as blue-collar couple Mabel and Nick, registering the complex effects of Mabel's claustrophobic existence on her "unusual" psyche. Concentrating on Mabel's protean moods, as well as on the reactions of her family and her husband, Cassavetes shies away from a pat diagnosis of madness, suggesting that the institution of marriage -- even to a husband who loves her -- is as responsible for Mabel's breakdown as her own inner turmoil. Several years in the making and funded by Falk and Cassavetes to insure creative autonomy, A Woman Under the Influence debuted to acclaim at the 1974 New York Film Festival, particularly for Rowlands's tour-de-force performance. Distributed by Cassavetes himself to avoid studio interference, it became a small-scale hit and earned Oscar nominations for Best Actress and Best Director; despite his reputation as a male-centered filmmaker, it remains Cassavetes' most successful film, both commercially and artistically.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/1998
UPC:
0013023002890
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Geneon [Pioneer]
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:27:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gena Rowlands Mabel Longhetti
Peter Falk Nick Longhetti
Matthew Cassel Tony Longhetti
Matthew Laborteaux Angelo Longhetti
Christina Grisanti Maria Longhetti
Dominique Davalos Dominique Jenson
Frederick Draper George Mortensen
Joanne Jordan Muriel
Frank Richards Adolph
Syl Words James Turner
Ellen Davalos Nancy
Cliff Carnell Aldo
Nick Cassavetes Adolph
Charles Horvath Eddie the Indian
Vincent Barbi Gino
Katherine Cassavetes Mama Longhetti
Lady Rowlands Martha Mortensen
O.G. Dunn Garson Cross
Mario Gallo Harold Jensen
Eddie Shaw Dr. Zepp
Angelo Grisanti Vito Grimaldi
James Joyce Bowman
John Finnegan Clancy
Hugh Hurd Willie Johnson
Leon Wagner Billy Tidrow
John Hawker Joseph Morton
Elizabeth Deering Angela
Elsie Ames Principal
Jacki Peters Tina

Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director,Screenwriter
David Armstrong Editor
Tom Cornwell Editor
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Paul Donnelly Associate Producer
Bo Harwood Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
Phedon Papamichael Art Director
Sam Shaw Producer

Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. An Unbreakable Date [10:55]
2. Seven Crowns [10:13]
3. Spaghetti Breakfast [23:39]
4. Everybody in Bed [6:52]
5. School Bus [4:49]
6. The Party [9:17]
7. House Call [18:19]
Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Day at the Beach [14:37]
2. Surprise Party [12:11]
3. Welcome Home [21:45]
4. Back to Normal [14:03]

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