Film Highlight 2/9/24

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FILM HIGHLIGHT | February 9, 2024

Opening Night

Gena Rowlands was so overwhelmingly great in so many of her husband John Cassavetes’s films that it’s difficult to choose a favorite. Yet we’re particularly fond of her staggering work in Opening Night, the 1977 theater-set drama that was made—and sometimes gets lost—between her Oscar-nominated roles in A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980). Due partly to the film’s strange distribution woes—it wasn’t released widely and officially until 1991—Rowlands wasn’t nominated for Opening Night, but rarely has an actor dove into a role with more fierce bravery. 
Rowlands plays Myrtle Gordon, a successful but increasingly neurotic actress in her forties, conflicted about portraying an older woman, a role too close to the skin, and dealing with her own alcoholism. She is haunted by hallucinations of an alluring teenage female fan, a symbolic image of a younger self, whose car accident she blames herself for. As reality starts to blur with dreams and the actress and character begin to merge, Myrtle reveals some profoundly uncomfortable truths about “the gradual lessening of [her] power as a woman” (as one character puts it) in the public eye. 
Opening Night plays tonight at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow, February 10, at 2:30 p.m., and see the complete lineup for Snubbed 2: The Performances. Tickets are only $7 for MoMI members at the Senior/Student level and above; $15 for the public. Become a member today!

Get tickets for Opening Night

Screening this week at MoMI
Please note that paid Museum admission includes a ticket to a regular same-day screening (if one is offered that day). When you check in at the front desk simply request a film ticket. Tickets are distributed first-come, first-served. Face masks are welcome in the building and during screenings. Please review visitor guidelines here.

Friday, February 9
3:00 p.m. Bus Stop (Snubbed 2: The Performances)
6:30 p.m. Opening Night (Snubbed 2: The Performances)

Saturday, February 10
12:30 p.m. A Henson Valentine with Craig Shemin, Karen Falk and Rollie Krewson in person (Jim Henson's World)
1:00 p.m. Bus Stop (Snubbed 2: The Performances)
2:30 p.m. Opening Night (Snubbed 2: The Performances)
3:00 p.m. Clemency (Snubbed 2: The Performances)
5:00 p.m. About a Teacher with a panel discussion featuring leaders in the public school education field

Sunday, February 11
12:30 p.m. Gilda (Snubbed 2: The Performances)
1:00 p.m. Under The Cherry Moon (MoMI Moviehouse)
2:45 p.m. Beloved (Snubbed 2: The Performances)
3:00 p.m. Clemency (Snubbed 2: The Performances)
5:30 p.m. The Gods of Times Square (Disreputable Cinema)