Opening Night Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara

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Middle-aged actress Myrtle Gordon is adored by many fans, including a young girl named Nancy who idolizes Gordon and received a autograph from the actress herself. Sadly the girl died in a tragic car accident moments after meeting her favorite star. Anyhow, Gordon won a role in a new play 'The Second Woman', which tells the story of a woman that is facing the reality of getting older.
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Gordon is not too happy about her character's life, which she tries to come with a agreement to change the role, but playwright Sarah Goode disagrees and keep the character the same. Virginia reflects Gordon alot of ways, coming to terms with aging, no children to call her own, no husband, a fading career, battling emotional hangups since her youth and even Gordon's biggest fan Nancy, seems to be a reflection of what Gordon once were.

But through alcohol, Gordon can drown her fears away and escape reality for a little awhile, everyone around her, fellow actors and directors oblivious to Gordon's actual pain, despite being aware of her constant drinking. The role of Virginia will be a breakthrough for Gordon, for her to find a way to become content with herself, her age and have a positive outlook on life.

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Script Analysis of Opening Night

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   midlife crisis Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   actor Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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