Male friendship -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- Drama, Men and death -- Drama, Suburban life -- Drama



Restored 35mm Print


John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, Jenny Runacre,

Suburban buddies Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk go on a forty-eight-hour bender after the funeral of a fourth friend brings them within spitting distance of their own mortality. Falk and Gazzara were never better than in their work with Cassavetes, and Husbands puts their method in focus: it is a question less of improvisation than of a collective search for character. The film is savagely funny and most inescapably expressive in its characters’ failed attempts at expression. In a work very much about love, Falk, Gazzara, and Cassavetes are most admirable for being decidedly unlovable.

Judy Bloch
  • John Cassavetes
  • Victor Kemper
  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 138 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

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The films of John Cassavetes (press release), Pacific Film Archive, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (program note), Walker Art Center, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (press release), Walker Art Center, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (program), Walker Art Center, 1989

The Mary Pickford theater in the Library of congress (program), Mary Pickford Theater (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.), 1989

Husbands (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, John Cassavetes, 1982

John Cassavetes: American filmmaker (program), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Albert Johnson, 1980

John Cassavetes, March 5, 1975 (interview), Anthony Loeb, 1975

Husbands (review), Focus! Chicago's Film Journal, Myron Meisel, 1972

Playboy interview: John Cassavetes (interview), Playboy, 1971

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