Gena Rowlands forever changed the face of screen acting with her raw emotional realism and immersive approach to performance, which blurred the lines between actor and character to the point of no return. Fearlessly exploring the extreme edges of human relationships and emotion in films like the shattering marital X-ray FACES, harrowing mental-illness drama A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, and offbeat thriller GLORIA, Rowlands brought a searing psychological intensity and edgy unpredictability to her portrayals of complicated, troubled, fully alive women. Bringing together her landmark collaborations with her husband, the revolutionary independent filmmaker John Cassavetes, alongside a selection of her work before (LONELY ARE THE BRAVE) and after (NIGHT ON EARTH), this tribute to Rowlands’s artistry is rich with some of the most dynamic performances in all of twentieth-century cinema.
Directed by John Cassavetes • 1959 • United States
Starring Lelia Goldoni, Anthony Ray, Hugh Hurd
John Cassavetes’s directorial debut revolves around a romance in New York City between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light- skinned black woman, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship is p...
Directed by Giuliano Montaldo • 1969 • Italy
Starring John Cassavetes, Britt Ekland, Peter Falk
After serving twelve years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain (John Cassavetes) finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt’s rebellion against a high-level don. When McCain discov...
Directed by John Cassavetes • 1974 • United States
Starring Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk
This uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family’s struggle to save her from herself. Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk give unforgettably harro...