Screening of "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974)
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Aug 4–5, 2013

This Sunday we continue exploring American independent cinema, we started it last night by screening Jim Jarmusch "Coffee & Cigarettes". This Sunday its time for Cassavettes.

John Cassavettes is one of the few modern directors whose shots, scenes, dialogue and characters all instantly identify their creator; watch even a few seconds of a Cassavetes film, and you know whose it is, as certainly as with Hitchcock or Fellini.

“A Woman Under the Influence” (1974) is perhaps the greatest of Cassavetes’ films. It focuses on a woman whose unusual behavior leads her husband to commit her for psychiatric treatment and the effect this has on their family. It received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Director.

In 1990, A Woman Under the Influence was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", one of the first fifty films to be so honored.

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