The Genius of Gena Rowlands

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Aug 19, 2014

Gena Rowlands’s acting career spans seven decades of television and film, and she has collaborated with such directors as Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch, and Mira Nair. But it is her work with her late husband, John Cassavetes, that best showcases her virtuosic dramatic and comedic talents. In this excerpt from a visual essay on our new release of Cassavetes’s Love Streams, film critic Sheila O’Malley explores Rowlands’s role in Love Streams, and the way the actor both hides essential truths about her character from the audience and seems to lay herself emotionally bare.