A WOMAN UN­DER THE IN­FLU­ENCE (1974)

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

There’s some­thing about Ma­bel. She’s a lit­tle over the top, a lit­tle in­tense, a lit­tle un­bal­anced. In this ex­quis­ite, Os­car-nom­i­nated per­for­mance, Gena Row­lands plays a woman who be­gins to come apart un­der the strain of daily life as a sub­ur­ban wife and mother. Her blue-col­lar hus­band Nick (Peter Falk) loves her, but he’s at a loss as to how to cope with her moods, and near the end of his own rope. The film is one of the ac­knowl­edged mas­ter­pieces of writer-di­rec­tor John Cas­savetes, who wrote the com­plex screen­play for his wife. Row­lands has ac­knowl­edged that it was one of the hard­est roles she ever played, but one of the most re­ward­ing. Cas­savetes was nom­i­nated for an Os­car as Best Di­rec­tor. — J.R.

Drama, 155 min­utes, rated R, 6:30 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 17 (screens af­ter Row­lands trib­ute), the Len­sic , 4 chiles

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