A Woman Under The Influence (1974)


A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE | Sun 28 Oct | National Museum Singapore | 1.30pm

Dir. John Cassavetes | 1974 | USA | Drama | 155 mins | 35mm | English | Rating TBA

A Woman Under the Influence revolves around Mabel (Gena Rowlands), a young Los Angeles housewife who lives a seemingly functional working-class life with her construction-worker-husband, Nick (Peter Falk), and their three children. This seemingly normal family falls apart, with Mabel on the brink of insanity due to the pressures of marriage and parenthood.

Directed by John Cassavetes, one of American independent cinema’s most respected figures, the film takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The script was inspired by Cassavetes’ wife, Gena Rowlands, who wanted to appear in a play that highlighted the difficulties faced by contemporary women in their marriages. Rowlands’s performance has been regarded as one of the greatest female screen performances in American cinema. Throughout the film, we see how a woman’s love for her husband warps into a desperation to please him, and how a man’s love for his wife warps into a desire to control her, due to the stresses and societal expectations of how husband and wife should function in a marriage. The film ultimately questions whether this sanctioned union between husband and wife truly allows men and women to freely express their love for one another.


  • Winner – Best Actress (Golden Globe Award 1975)
  • Nominee – Best Picture, Best Director & Best Screenplay (Golden Globe Award 1975)
  • Nominee – Best Director and Best Leading Actress (Academy Award 1975)


Concession is applicable to all current Students, Seniors above 55, Full-Time National Servicemen (NSFs), Passion Card holders and Singapore Film Society Film Addicts. Concession ticket holders will have to present their identification at the door. We reserve the right to decline admission without valid documentation.

Rule of Thirds Discount | $9.50 per ticket

Every bundle of three tickets purchased entitles you to a special price of $9.50 per ticket. Use it on yourself to enjoy different films, or watch the same film together with your friends!


Sun 28 Oct | National Museum Singapore | 1.30pm

You may also like…