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In Memoriam: Ben Gazzara, by Richard Brody at The New Yorker

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Ben Gazzara died on Friday, at the age of eighty-one. He's one of the very greatest of film actors; he'll be remembered for just a handful of roles, out of the one hundred thirty-three listed in IMDb, but those are among the very summits of movie history. I'm thinking, in particular, of his three films with John Cassavetes: "Husbands," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," and "Opening Night. In them (especially the first two) he plays varieties of himself, as Cassavetes saw him: the moderate man who loses his head and takes immoderate action.

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