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An Unmarried Woman
She laughs, she cries, she feels angry, she feels lonely, she feels guilty, she makes breakfast, she makes love, she makes do, she is strong, she is weak, she is brave, she is scared, she is... an unmarried woman.
A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman.
Dear God Jill Clayburgh was amazing! So natural & human. A performance for the ages from a true talent. Love and praise to the late Paul Mazursky as well for creating such an honest, sad and funny film. I know it's trite to refer to the 70's as a golden age, but it really was.
Jill Clayburgh is remarkable. For it's time,it's a very gutsy film. Sad and funny.
Lots of great stuff here.
*The frankness & realism of conversation between women
*Clayburgh's honesty and ever expressive face
*Maybe I'm amazed!
*Dancing in your apartment in nothing but a night shirt and panties
*Colour palette is eggshell white almost always, but colours pop when given the chance (making some eggs, painting)
*The American Woman & Self Esteem
The late Mazursky's masterpiece is available on Netflix. His script and direction are perfect in my opinion. Jill Clayburgh gives a stunning performance as a carefree, comfortable wife of a successful banker in NYC. She's so happy in her life with her teenage daughter on their Manhattan condo that sometimes she dances around it. What a view she has of the city! Then her world crashes down when her husband of 16 years breaks down in tears and tells her he's in love with a younger woman and moves out of the apartment. Mazursky writes scenes that feel so real and raw that he must've lived some of it somehow. We watch Jill's destruction, her grief, her recovery and finally…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
It feels strange that the minute I got ready to finally write this review, I learned of writer/director Paul Mazursky's death. While I confess to not being overly familiar with Mazursky's work (which I plan on rectifying as soon as I get the chance), watching this film is enough to let me know how much of a heavy loss this is to the film community.
At first glance, An Unmarried Woman is far from a special film, and I was almost scared that this would be one of the lesser entries on The Best Picture Project. Its opening scenes detail an average marriage: a man (Michael Murphy), a woman (Jill Clayburgh), and their daughter…
Viewed on Netflix
Nominated for 3 Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, An Unmarried Woman is Jill Clayburgh's film. She is in every scene and is wonderful in it.
However, An Unmarried Woman is a film very much "stuck" in the year it was made. I know it must have seen very shocking to hear women speaking so openly and honestly about marriage, divorce, sex and even their periods but this "openness" really dates the film.
However, even after I just finished writing that last paragraph, I can't recall a recent film that deals with these issues and many more without, in a way, laughing at them and turning the whole thing into a gag.
So, well done Mr. Mazursky, on making a film, I'm sure half the population had no interest in seeing back in 1978 and I'm sure, still very little people would have any interest seeing today.
My favorite thing about movies is when I get to just peek into someone's life for 2 hours, understand their fears, their struggles. What makes them happy, what depresses them. What they do, what they want to do. Their present and past relationships. Etc. Etc. Engrossing, engaging characters. And in such a character, I understand a little bit more about the lives of people who aren't me---and I realize we're really not all that different after all.
"An Unmarried Woman" - made nearly 30 years ago - is such a fresh, engaging movie about marriage and divorce. But it's also about a woman who goes from being married, content, and complacent to being single and alone. And initially, with that…
An Unmarried Woman is a terrific film that has themes that are totally muddled by its time.
It's a story of independence and loneliness and longing and inner strength. The film spends a lot of time setting these themes apart from the common viewpoints of 1978 New York society. The themes are powerful on their own, but their context of 1978 adult frame of reference is lost on me, so some of the specific character struggles seem hamfisted.
The characters are immediately engaging. Their story arcs each have a Möbius strip quality that is easy to latch onto, and satisfying to see through to the end.
I found the acting to be uneven, but the high points are very very high.
It's refreshing to hear the lower east side referred to as "The Lower East Side".
wow, I fucking loved this. it's so understated, yet masterfully constructed. the performances are killer, the film is selectively stylish but for the most part unobstrusive, really just there to serve the acting.
it feels really grounded and realistic, with no characters who are that cartoonish or unbelievable. but at the same time, there's plenty of poetic moments - particularly that ending.
I loved what the film had to say about independence, and that difficulty of juggling love with one's own sense of self.
can't wait to watch it again, hopefully sometime soon. and definitely need to see more Mazursky.
A seminal moment in female representation in film that feels just as relevant today as it did in 1978. Clayburgh is sensational as a woman trying to define herself after her husband leaves her for another woman. Mazursky is a master at finding the truth within each situation.
An apologia for Blume in Love.
This is sort of a lite, upper-class version of Looking for Mr. Goodbar, but I really liked the daughter character who was trying to pretend to be an adult the whole time. Her idea of being an adult (talking about intellectual things) served as a good comparison to the lead (adult) character just trying to figure herself out.
Plus, wow, Michael Murphy looked a lot like Chris Parnell.
The late Jill Clayburgh shines in this film as a woman trying to regain her independence after her marriage of 17 years ended. These kinds of films have been done many times before, but here I think it's done exceptionally well. I had not seen any Paul Mazursky films before, and I think I'd like to see more as this had a kind of John Cassavetes vibe to it.
Jill Clayburgh plays an affluent New Yorker whose life crumbles when her husband reveals that's he's having an affair and wants a divorce. What's a woman to do when everything she's built her life around is suddenly whisked away?
This feminist anthem from Paul Mazursky is well meaning but also condescending. It's a movie that was clearly made by a man, and it's a man's guess at what a feminist awakening would look and feel like, rather than the real thing. Therefore, it records Clayburgh's emotional development with the neatness of a house wife checking off items on a grocery list, and even throws in a lesbian daughter just to prove that there are women out there who don't need men at all, as if that's even remotely what feminism is about.
Clayburgh is game, but she's better than the movie.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!