An Unmarried Woman


(out of 5)

Joins Diary of a Mad HousewifeA Woman Under The Influence and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore as top-notch examples of seventies films about women’s issues.  ‘s finest career moment (the role earned her Best Actress honours at Cannes) features her as an upper-middle-class Manhattan housewife whose life falls apart when her husband () announces out of the blue that he’s leaving her for someone else. ‘Balls, said the queen’ she tells herself in the mirror, ‘if I had them I’d be king.’ Now she must find a new direction to take in this new generation caught between the women whose main career motivation was marriage, and the modern day Fonda-esque female who seeks independence. In her quest for self-discovery she begins to discover the possibility that becoming single again is one of the best things that could have happened to her. Paul Mazursky’s masterpiece is a clear indication of Hollywood’s rarely seen ability to present riveting films that centre around character development and behavioural examination, without resorting to any cheaply exploitative genre mechanisms to sell them to a pre-packaged audience.  co-stars as the new man in Clayburgh’s life who could possibly be a change for the better or a return to form for her.

USA, 1978

Directed by

Screenplay by Paul Mazursky

Cinematography by

Produced by Paul Mazursky,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1978

Cannes Film Festival 1978

Golden Globe Awards 1978

New York Film Critics Awards 1978.  

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