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Husbands (1970)

John Cassavetes’ unwieldy and uncomfortable dramedy following three men on a midlife crisis bender.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the comedy-drama Husbands (1970), directed by John Cassavetes.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Raging Bull (1980)
On the Rocks
A Woman Under the Influence
Opening Night
Bonnie and Clyde
Rosemary’s Baby
The Trial
Marriage Story
Mikey and Nicky
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
The Dirty Dozen
Cassavetes on Cassavetes
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
The Passenger
Gimme Shelter

Unmasking the Rage in the American Dream House” by Betty Friedan
Megalomaniacs” by Pauline Kael

On the next episode: Albert and David Maysles’ Grey Gardens (1976).

Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com.

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.