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A Woman Under the Influence

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 08 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2211
  1. James Curran, GP locum, Glasgow
  1. jdcur{at}

    A Woman Under the Influence examines the lives of Nick and Mabel Longhetti, a working class American couple, played by Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands (the wife of John Cassavetes), in particular the events surrounding the apparent mental breakdown of Mabel and the effect it has on her husband and family.

    From the outset we can see from Rowlands’s intense performance that Mabel is under great emotional strain. Her behaviour is evidently strange, whether she is alone, as she gestures and mutters to herself, or in company, as she swings from being socially ill at …

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