Diary Of A Mad Housewife (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.

USA, 1970.  Frank Perry Films Inc..  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by . Produced by , Frank Perry.  Production Design by . Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Carrie Snodgress is brilliant in this excellent examination of the life of a bored (and, as the title says, ‘mad’) housewife. She is the perfect partner to her successful businessman husband (): their beautiful Manhattan condo overlooking Central Park stays in tiptop shape, she is raising two good daughters and always manages to be on the up and up of party throwing. Unfortunately, she is tired of everything in her life being defined by what other people expect of her. To release a little frustration, she starts up an affair with a moody writer (Frank Langella), while slowly learning to respond to the constant attack of criticisms she gets from all members of her family. Performances are all pitch perfect, especially a brilliant, debuting Snodgress who never again managed to recapture the same success on film that she had here. Fans of An Unmarried Woman and Living Out Loud definitely won’t want to miss this film.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Carrie Snodgress)

Golden Globe Award:  Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Carrie Snodgress)
Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Richard Benjamin)

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