An amazing movie - perhaps we could call it "Cassavetes' Persona."
Opening Night is a 1977 drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes. The film stars Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert and John Cassavetes.
In the film, Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon (Rowlands) rehearses for her latest play, about a woman unable to admit that she is aging. When she witnesses the death of an adoring young fan, she begins to confront the personal and professional turmoils she faces in her own life.
Pedro Almodóvar repeats the film's accident scene in his film All About My Mother as the epicenter of the dramatic conflict.
The film was entered into the 28th Berlin International Film Festival, where Gena Rowlands won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
Film critic Dan Schneider wrote, of the film's narrative structure:
"Many critics have taken this film to be a portrait of an alcoholic...But this is wrong, for alcohol isn’t her problem - nor is her chain smoking. They are merely diversions from whatever thing is really compelling...