7.30pm Thursday 29th June
The Grove Centre
2 Jews Walk
£5 on the door
John Cassavetes was one of the greatest independent filmmakers
of his time and beyond who had a career-long collaboration with his wife,
actress Gena Rowlands. The joint winner of the Golden Lion at the
1980 Venice Film Festival, this is one of the most successful and
instantly recognisable films, an absolute American classic about a six
year old boy whose family is murdered by the mob and finds an unlikely
guardian in his no-nonsense neighbour, Gloria. On-screen heroines do
not get any grander than her! Best Actress Academy Award nomination
for Gena Rowlands in the 1981 Oscars.
The screening of “Gloria” will be preceded by an award-winning short film Graffiti by local filmmaker, Katy Milner!
…it’s clear from the opening montage that we’re in the hands of a master.
Geoff Andrew www.timeout.com
John Cassavetes clearly set out to make a commercial film, but, intransigent personality that he was, he turned in a slice of pure avant-garde.
Dave Kehr www.chicagoreader.com
The demanding man [Cassavetes] likens himself to the defenseless boy; both are saved by this gloriously burdened woman who would kill for them.
Richard Brody www.newyorker.com