“I’m almost not crazy now.” – Gena Rowlands, Love Streams

It was Gena Rowlands’ 84th birthday on June 19. I was looking online for a trailer of Love Streams (1984), and there was one made although the film was never really properly distributed. But I did find a beautiful trailer put together by the Film Museum in Amsterdam, so I thought I would share it. The quality is not great, but just wait! On August 12 the Criterion Collection is releasing a digital restoration of the film, and it looks GREAT now. Love Streams, a masterpiece, John Cassavetes’ last film, was never released on DVD. So it’s a major moment. And, of course, it’s a major moment for me as well because a video-essay, written and narrated by yours truly, on the acting of Gena Rowlands, is going to be included on the Special Features of the DVD. I’ve seen a rough cut and it looks great.

At one point in the film, Sarah Lawson (Gena Rowlands) is on the phone with her soon-to-be-ex-husband (Seymour Cassel), who basically divorced her because she was so unstable. Sarah is trying to convince him that her time in Europe did her a world of good (all evidence to the contrary), and she says to him on the phone, with utter seriousness, her voice bright and excited, “I’m almost not crazy now.”

Gena Rowlands never ever EVER condescended to the “crazy” characters she played in her husband’s films. She played them as hopeful, optimistic. It is one of the many reasons why they can be so tragic, and why her work is so unique.

Again, August 12: Criterion release of Love Streams.

And happy birthday Gena, you tough tough dame.

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7 Responses to “I’m almost not crazy now.” – Gena Rowlands, Love Streams

  1. DBW says:

    Wow, this is exciting news. Gena Rowlands! I have never seen Love Streams, and this is even more reason to get this new release. Way to go, Sheila.

    • sheila says:

      DBW!!! You’re one of my Cassavetes buddies! So many people have never seen this movie because it just flat out isn’t available!! Super exciting news – can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

  2. DBW says:

    Well, I’m obviously excited to see the film, but I’m more excited for you–my gosh, you are a part of the Special Features of a Cassavetes/Rowlands film! Holy hell–that’s REALLY exciting. I’m on a golf vacation up in Michigan, and I started telling people at the golf course today that ‘my friend’ is on a Cassavetes DVD. They had NO idea what I was talking about, but they knew I was excited. Michael was laughing at me–“Dad–I love how you get passionate about things like this, but leave those people alone.” Hilarious.

    • sheila says:

      hahahahahahahahahahaha

      You’re awesome.

    • sheila says:

      I can’t wait to see the DVD all put together, and the booklet, and the poster, and blah blah blah. I am so pleased to be a part of it – especially since, unlike many other Criterion releases, Love Streams is actually UN-available at ALL at this moment. It was never released on DVD. Incredible.

      And wait until you see the movie!!

  3. I’ve been lucky enough to see LOVE STREAMS twice in a theater, and it may be my favorite Cassavetes film. I can’t wait for the Criterion edition and to see your video essay!

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