The first performance – TV-Tip of the Week

The first performance - TV-Tip of the Week
               Genre: Drama
  The actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) is a star with great talent, fascinated, not least through the diva-like personality of his audience. The rehearsals for her latest play, “The Second Woman,” the aged author Sarah Goode (Joan Blondell), in which it dramatizes the conflict-ridden aging of an attractive woman who is already capable and promising advanced than Myrtle plunges into an intense personal crisis, while opening night on Broadway was drawing closer and closer.

The first performance of the wayward American filmmaker John Cassavetes in 1977 provides a tight game with the play at multiple levels, which sent the audience into its web of constructed theater, film, fiction and the world behind moves. The director and screenwriter John Cassavetes (Maurice Aarons), enters in the role of the former lover and current stage partner of Myrtle even his ensemble at the side of his wife, Gena Rowlands, here brilliantly embodies the extreme facets of this strong, rough woman’s character.

Shocked by the death of a young admirer (Laura Johnson), walked in behind her car and crashed while, Myrtle sinks into memories of her own youth and tormenting self-doubt, while they are growing on the stage of its role as the ultimate resignation older woman with all the humiliations depicted denied. The unrest before and behind the scenes of the play, which is partially already been rehearsed in public, increases inevitable, especially since it is also among the performers for private tensions. Myrtle starts suffering from terrifying threats and perceptions appear increasingly to alcohol during the rehearsals, but director Manny Victor (Ben Gazzara) and the entire crew are ready to shut both eyes at all, if only the premiere does not fail …

With hard fathomable profundity of John Cassavetes has nonetheless here is a sincere and moving declaration of love directed at his wife Gena Rowlands and the play itself, in its original form of theater. As intense as the characters are well drawn, they withdraw from the course of the drama created again and again the pleasing developments and an imaginary space of sovereignty, which bears the stylish way an extra dimension of Cassavetes universe, which is only subtly revealed to the audience . The first performance was in 1978 at the Berlinale competition and was awarded for Best Actress Gena Rowlands as the Silver Bear and the Otto Dibelius Film Award, the international church film organization awards Interfilm. Whilst it might equally ambivalent as appealing aspects in its artistic design and make the spectacular, incredibly authentic phenomenal play of actors, this fascinating film but relentless, mainly due to its almost tangible complex structure, almost rebelling against the analysis of their secrets seems.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: The first idea – TV-Tip of the Week Original Title: Opening Night Country of production: USA Year of production: 1977 (# ) Length: 138 (Min)

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