Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
October 29, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Woman Under the Influence

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
147 minutes
performer
Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Fred Draper
director
John Cassavetes
author
John Cassavetes
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

There was such a thing as independent film before Sundance and sex, lies, and videotape. And tough-guy actor?turned?director John Cassavetes was its master and martyr. With pals like Ben Gazzara and wife Gena Rowlands as his personal repertory company, Cassavetes’ no-budget dramas were anything but vanity projects. They were — and remain — gritty antidotes to Hollywood artifice and gloss. In A Woman Under the Influence, Rowlands gives a harrowing performance as a housewife coming unhinged. In The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Gazzara struts like a polyester peacock, playing a doomed nightclub owner in debt to the wrong people. The DVDs are loaded with extras, like interviews with the stars, who rightly regard their friend’s movies as miracles in miniature. A

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