Cinematheque sponsors Gena Rowlands tribute

Actress Gena Rowlands is the subject of a weekend tribute by the American Cinematheque, beginning today. Nine programs encompassing 13 performances will be presented at the Directors Guild of America theater.

Rowlands is most widely known for her collaborations with her late husband, John Cassavetes. In a profile of the actress in Film Comment, her Oscar-nominated role in “A Woman Under the Influence” was called “the seminal female performance of the ’70s.”

“Influence” and “Gloria”– both Oscar-nominated and directed by Cassavetes — are included, but the remaining offerings encompass television work dating back to her first appearance in Armstrong Circle Theater’s “Time for Love” in 1955.

“I was shocked and pleased that the Cinematheque was able to find so many programs,” Rowlands told Daily Variety. “I haven’t seen any of this stuff since it was made, so I’m very curious to see what it looks like today. I hope they stand up.”

Other programs include an “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” episode and a seg from the series “Johnny Staccato” (both with Cassavetes).

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