Earn 125 points on every ticket you buy. McNally followed up. During the commercial, Falk telephoned Cassavetes in a panic—"He's telling everyone how terribly dark and scary the movie is! 2 hr 35 min. Screen Reader Users: To optimize your experience with your screen reading software, please use our Flixster.com website, which has the same tickets as our Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com websites. Yet working with profit-minded studios was hard, too, since Cassavetes refused to bend on his artistic principles. Rowlands and Falk give very naturalistic performances, often seeming like they're having unscripted conversations. More than being crazy, I think she's just socially inept.". Making an independent, low-budget film means being resourceful. Rack up 500 points and you'll score a $5 reward for more movies. She tries to be both a perfect wife to his every whim and a wonderful caring mother but his violence and then public blaming of her sends her to the hospital. Nick's collective actions in dealing with Mabel before, during and after this specific incident demonstrate how emotionally capable Nick is in his own right. Skip to Main Content. movie theaters are playing A Woman Under the Influence near you. Nick too knows the perception others have of Mabel, he who tries to do whatever he needs to to protect her. He fights to keep a semblance of normality in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed. Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands), desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick (Peter Falk). Looking for movie tickets? It wound up making $6.1 million (as of 1976, according to Variety), all of which went back to Cassavetes, his investors, and the cast and crew, none to any studio. Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage. Under the Influence got my attention from the beginning, and then it kept me reading – with an impending sense of dread. The Longhettis are a working class family, Nick who heads a city works crew, and Mabel who stays at home looking after their three adolescent children, Angelo, Tony and Maria. "The pressures are too unnatural. But I am saddened by the fact that I have physical limitations.". For one outdoor scene, Cassavetes powered his equipment by hijacking a municipal power line. Instead, Cassavetes mortgaged his house and took up a collection among actor friends to finance the film. SEE DETAILS. Which in itself is no great tragedy." A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Plot Summary (4) Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage. It's a funny movie!") ", During an appearance on The Mike Douglas Show that Falk was co-hosting, Richard Dreyfuss was asked if he had seen the movie Falk was there to promote. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Most films tell us what to know and feel, what things mean. A Woman Under the Influence made me wonder: What’s the point of only showing a mentally challenged character’s distress? He replied: "Right now all I can hope is that [A Woman Under the Influence] is extremely successful. That gave him access to eager young people who wanted all the practical moviemaking experience they could get. Interviews and commentary on the Criterion Blu-ray.Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented American Independent Film, by Marshall Fine. Most of his crew consisted of these students, working for free or for deferred salaries, some of whom quit before it was over (hey, you get what you pay for). It’s a near flawless film that gives you no easy answers because it does not and will not play you for a fool. Many people who look at the family from the outside believe Mabel is crazy, her behavior which Mabel largely attributes to her exuberance in trying to be who she thinks Nick wants her to be to put their family in a good light in whatever social situation. A Woman Under the Influence This uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family’s struggle to save her from herself. I went crazy. An incident involving Mabel may cross that line for Nick of what he believes he can handle on his own, versus needing the assistance of medical professionals, all in protecting the children and Mabel from herself, but equally what he believes is the good Longhetti name. There’s a scene in 1980’s Ordinary People in which Timothy Hutton’s depressed son is trying to connect with his repressed mother, played by Mary Tyler Moore. I'm not crying, because I enjoy it. The most reliable firsthand or almost firsthand account we could find, however, says it was Italian-American. In desperation, Cassavetes called his friend Martin Scorsese (there was a lot of mutual admiration between the two), whose documentary Italian-American was already on the festival's roster. "If that means I'll never make [a] film again, then I'll never make another film again," he said. I went home and vomited." Though they didn't win, Rowlands's performance as a housewife having a nervous breakdown is still regarded as a master class in acting, and Cassavetes's sensitive, naturalistic style influenced everyone from Jim Jarmusch to Martin Scorsese.
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