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‘A Woman Under the Influence’: Marriage in Crisis

A Woman Under the Influence Directed by John Cassavetes Written by John Cassavetes 1974, USA “Woman is a symptom of Man” — Jacques Lacan A Woman Under the Influence (1974) tells the story of a marriage in crisis. Mabel (Gena Rowlands) is suffering from an unnamed psychological condition that is threatening to tear her family apart. Her …

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New on Video: ‘Love Streams’

“Love Streams,” John Cassavetes’ final film as an actor and penultimate film as director, is also one of his most unusual features. While his distinctive work can oftentimes be divisive, it’s easy to see how this film more than most others could be rather off-putting to those not appreciative of, or even accustomed to, his filmmaking technique.

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Remember Me: Peter Falk (1927-2011)

It is to be expected that the obituaries and commemorations for Peter Falk, who passed away last Thursday, would center on his four-time Emmy-winning starring role in the long-running series Columbo (the character was first introduced in a 1968 TV movie, it was turned into an NBC series running 1971-1977, then ABC revived the brand …

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