Actresses -- United States -- Drama, Aging -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- United States -- Drama

Opening Night


Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, John Cassavetes, Joan Blondell, Michael Ferris,

Opening Night centers around Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands), a successful stage actress grappling with the character of Virginia, a woman of a certain age who is trying to come to terms with her place in the world. While Rowlands’s magnificent performance is the center of Opening Night, the film does not limit itself to the depiction of one woman’s experience, but also explores the personal and professional relationships and camaraderie among artists in the workplace. Cassavetes deftly depicts the struggles inherent in collaboration, communication, and the search for artistic integrity and truth.

Kate MacKay
  • John Cassavetes
  • Al Ruban
  • Frederick Elmes
  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 144 mins
  • Westchester Films
  • Faces Distribution

CineFiles is an online database of BAMPFA's extensive collection of documentation covering world cinema, past and present.

View Opening night documents  

Opening night (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

Opening night (distributor materials), Castle Hill, 1997

Opening night (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1996

Opening night (program note), Cannes Film Festival, 1992

John Cassavetes (flyer), 1991

His best shot (review), Village Voice, Amy Taubin, 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

Gena Rowlands & John Cassavetes (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, David Thomson, 1984

Displaying 10 of 20 publicly available documents.

View all Opening night documentation on CineFiles.