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This complex and truly spontaneous chamber drama is John Cassavetes at his most trenchant and affecting.

Starring Gena Rowlands and veteran character actor John Marley as a couple clinging to the last vestiges of a fractured marriage, its deeply-etched tension is accentuated by stark black-and-white cinematography and probing close-ups.

Produced outside the Hollywood establishment, this study of late 1960s American dissatisfaction and complacency was not only a clarion call for independent filmmaking, but also an attack on the structural and aesthetic conventions of classical cinema. With Seymour Cassel.

35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.