John Cassavetes, 123 mins, USA, 1980, 35mm. Courtesy: Sony/Hollywood Classics

A winning variation on the classic odd couple theme, Gloria sees Gena Rowlands playing the titular character, an ex-girlfriend of a gangster who unwittingly becomes the protector of a Puerto Rican boy after the murder of his family.

Largely created to showcase Rowlands' acting talents, Cassavetes' uncharacteristic genre excursion makes inventive use of ramshackle New York locales. The tough talking banter between Rowlands (who received an Oscar nomination for her performance) and her streetwise young charge helps steer the film away from over-sentimentality.

Imported print.

Dates   Thu 22 May 2008, 7pm
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