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still from Opening Night (John Cassavetes, US 1977)

Opening Night

John Cassavetes / US, 1977 / 142 min.

An actress with stage fright and a drink problem is worried about getting older. Independently made Cassavetes classic, in which the director gets amazing performances from his actors. Cassavetes’ film inspired Ivo van Hove to create a play of the same name. See the exhibition All About Theatre About Film.

poster Opening Night (John Cassavetes, US 1977)
Director John Cassavetes shows human life in all its raw, messy glory. Ivo van Hove adapted three of his film scripts for the stage: Faces, Husbands and Opening Night. “Cassavetes’s films have an anarchistic quality. They are all about people who kick over the traces and get to grips with crises in a very physical way.”


Persons under 12 years must be accompanied by an adultThis movie contains foul languageThis movie contains scenes with alcohol and/or drug use


John Cassavetes

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Opening Night


142 min.







Part of

All About Theatre About Film

Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition.

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still from Opening Night (John Cassavetes, US 1977)
still from Opening Night (John Cassavetes, US 1977)

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