Starring Gena Rowlands

Starring Gena Rowlands

10 Episodes

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.

Subscribe Share
Starring Gena Rowlands
  • Shadows

    Episode 1

    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...

  • Lonely Are the Brave

    Episode 2

    Directed by David Miller • 1962 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau

    Kirk Douglas’s personal favorite among his own films is a strikingly introspective and affecting western. He delivers one of his finest performances as the modern-day cowboy Jack Burns, who finds...

  • Faces

    Episode 3

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1968 • United States
    Starring John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Gena Rowlands

    John Cassavetes puts a disintegrating marriage under the microscope in the searing FACES. Shot in high-contrast 16 mm black and white, the film follows the futile attempts of the captain of indust...

  • Machine Gun McCain

    Episode 4

    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...

  • Minnie and Moskowitz

    Episode 5

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1971 • United States
    Starring Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery

    John Cassavetes puts his distinctive spin on the screwball comedy in this endearingly offbeat odd-couple romance. Just when Minnie (Gena Rowlands) thinks she’ll never fall in love again, she meet...

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    Episode 6

    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...

  • Opening Night

    Episode 7

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1977 • United States
    Starring Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara

    While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to confront th...

  • Gloria

    Episode 8

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1980 • United States
    Starring Gena Rowlands, Julie Carmen, Buck Henry

    John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands put their unique spin on the classic gangster drama in this offbeat thriller. Rowlands stars as Gloria Swenson, a former showgirl and gun moll who unexpectedly fi...

  • Tempest

    Episode 9

    Directed by Paul Mazursky • 1982 • United States
    Starring John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon

    Paul Mazursky updates the Bard in this loose, modern-day interpretation of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. After he discovers that his wife (Gena Rowlands) is having an affair, New York architect ...

  • Night on Earth

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1991 • France, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Japan
    Starring Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Rosie Perez

    Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlan...