Xan Cassavetes in Husbands


"One of the reasons I make films is to make clear to people that family life is not always going to be a bed of roses. Don’t be upset if you fall out of love, because it’s gonna happen lots of times. Don’t be upset by conflict. The film shows that there is something to a one-on-one relationship, something so beautiful that it is worth all the problems. There is in some ways a greater value to family life, and that is something that hasn’t been said since Andy Hardy. Everything is so negative! No matter how ‘horrible’ the love story was, it really was a love story and not just a chance meeting and a two-second love affair. Nick and Mabel, with all their problems, and they have a million, were more comfortable with each other than they were with anyone else. And when they were alone I don’t know if there were two people who liked and respected each other more than any two people I’ve ever seen.”

John Cassavetes

Gena Rowlands will be honored next year with the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Career Achievement Award.
Best known for her work with her late husband, director and actor John Cassavetes, the 84-year-old Rowlands will be feted at the association’s award dinner Jan. 15 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. (x)

Peter Falk on the set of “A woman under the influence”, photographed by Brian Hamill

Peter Falk & John Cassavetes on the set of “A woman under the influence”, photographed by Brian Hamill

"In a body of work in which gender roles always matter, Sarah is, in more ways than one, the ultimate Cassavetes woman, and Robert the ultimate Cassavetes man. Sarah, an emotional live wire, is kin to Mabel Longhetti in A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Myrtle Gordon in Opening Night (1977), women who struggle valiantly with their capacity and need for love, with “how to love” and “where to put it.” A boozy charmer in a rumpled tux, with a knack for turning all interactions into transactions, Robert is a more cultured brother to the suave strip-club owner Cosmo Vitelli in The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), or an alternate-world variant of the suburbanites in Husbands (1970), more successful and even more hollow.” — Dennis Lim (A Fitful Flow)

John Cassavetes in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, “You Got to Have Luck”
first aired: January 15, 1956