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Part of Dare to Fail: Cassavetes at 90 and Weekend Classics.

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 the chaos of her own life. Headlined by a virtuoso performance by Rowlands, John Cassavetes’s OPENING NIGHT lays bare the drama of a performer who, at great personal cost, makes a part her own.

“The filmmaker’s habitual insistence on the inseparability of actor and character (and of art and life) reverberates here within the haunted corridors of a backstage melodrama. The aging, raging Myrtle is a directorial alter ego. Which is to say, OPENING NIGHT dramatizes what Cassavetes’s other films embody—the radical, rupturing search for a truthful means of Expression.” —Dennis Lim, Criterion.com

“OPENING NIGHT, from 1977, starring Gena Rowlands…[is] one of the greatest films about actors’ furious, self-revealing, and potentially self-destructive art…[it] captures with astonishment and boundless admiration the uninhibited ferocity of the art that brings life onto the screen…one of the greatest tributes ever paid by a director to an actress.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Wednesday, May 27

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
LIFE ITSELF
UP FROM THE STREETS
A WHITE, WHITE DAY
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
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DEERSKIN
THE INFILTRATORS
SÁTÁNTANGÓ
VITALINA VARELA
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THE BOOKSELLERS
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THE WHISTLERS
CORPUS CHRISTI
AND THEN WE DANCED
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SAINT FRANCES
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Thursday, May 28

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
LIFE ITSELF
UP FROM THE STREETS
A WHITE, WHITE DAY
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
RBG
SPACESHIP EARTH
BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
DEERSKIN
THE INFILTRATORS
SÁTÁNTANGÓ
VITALINA VARELA
BALLOON
THE BOOKSELLERS
Best of Cat Video Fest: Creature Comforts Edition
SORRY WE MISSED YOU
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
THE WHISTLERS
CORPUS CHRISTI
AND THEN WE DANCED
BACURAU
SAINT FRANCES
FANTASTIC FUNGI

Friday, May 29

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
LIFE ITSELF
UP FROM THE STREETS
A WHITE, WHITE DAY
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
RBG
SPACESHIP EARTH
BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
DEERSKIN
THE INFILTRATORS
SÁTÁNTANGÓ
VITALINA VARELA
BALLOON
THE BOOKSELLERS
Best of Cat Video Fest: Creature Comforts Edition
SORRY WE MISSED YOU
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
THE WHISTLERS
CORPUS CHRISTI
AND THEN WE DANCED
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SAINT FRANCES
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Saturday, May 30

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
LIFE ITSELF
UP FROM THE STREETS
A WHITE, WHITE DAY
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
RBG
SPACESHIP EARTH
BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
DEERSKIN
THE INFILTRATORS
SÁTÁNTANGÓ
VITALINA VARELA
BALLOON
THE BOOKSELLERS
Best of Cat Video Fest: Creature Comforts Edition
SORRY WE MISSED YOU
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
THE WHISTLERS
CORPUS CHRISTI
AND THEN WE DANCED
BACURAU
SAINT FRANCES
FANTASTIC FUNGI
BLACKFISH
THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS

Sunday, May 31

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
LIFE ITSELF
UP FROM THE STREETS
A WHITE, WHITE DAY
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
RBG
SPACESHIP EARTH
BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
DEERSKIN
THE INFILTRATORS
SÁTÁNTANGÓ
VITALINA VARELA
BALLOON
THE BOOKSELLERS
Best of Cat Video Fest: Creature Comforts Edition
SORRY WE MISSED YOU
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
THE WHISTLERS
CORPUS CHRISTI
AND THEN WE DANCED
BACURAU
SAINT FRANCES
FANTASTIC FUNGI
BLACKFISH
THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS

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