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A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence

Date: Apr 19 2005


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Steph’s been really into this Director named John Cassavetes lately. She can’t stop talking about him.
Now, she’s bugging Derek to see one of his movies. It seems like it’s not the first time.


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Steph:  Hey, Derek.

Derek:  Yes.

Steph Hey. Remember that guy I told you about? John Cassavetes?

Derek:  Yeah. That director?

Steph:  Did you end up seeing any of his movies?

Derek:  Ya know, I know that I have seen his movies. Um, ya know, but I’m not, I don’t remember which ones exactly.

Steph:  Does, um, A Woman Under the Influence ring any bells?

Derek:  It rings a bell because you mentioned it.

Steph:  Oh yeah, well that. I just wanted to tell you again that it was such a good movie and I really recommend it.

Derek:  I think as next weekend won’t be so busy, I may just watch that one.

Steph:  You should definitely do that. It’s really good. It’s a popular film. Let me know what you think of it.

Derek:  Oh, I will.



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Whenever I see a great movie, I always think of a friend or two who I think would really like it too and recommend it to them. Derek is really into good older films so I know he will like this one.
This film is from the seventies. It is about a woman who loses her mind and whose family sends her to an institution. At the end of the movie, you start to think that being crazy isn’t all that bad.
It was a groundbreaking film because it was the first time that insanity was viewed as somewhat positive.


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