Opening Night DVD+Blu-ray

John Cassavetes, 1977


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Film Details

Directed by John Cassavetes

Produced in 1977

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

Film Description

Featuring a startling performance by Gena Rowlands which won her the Silver Bear for Best Actress in 1978, Opening Night is one of John Cassavetes’ most self-reflexive works, offering an insightful and intriguing evocation of the theatrical experience from both sides of the proscenium.

Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) rehearses for her latest play about a woman in denial at the onset of her autumn years. When Myrtle witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, it leads to a crisis of confidence in both her professional and her personal life which threatens to undermine the whole production.

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BFI

Length: 144 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 widescreen

Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour

Region: 2

Released: 27th May 2013

Cat No: BFIB1129

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Audio commentary by Tom Charity, Mike Ferris and Bo Harwood
  • Memories of John (29 mins, DVD only)
  • Falk on Cassavetes: The later years (14 mins, DVD only)
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring interviews and essays from Tom Charity, Al Ruban and Peter Bogdanovich.

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