Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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
Jill Clayburgh is remarkable. For it's time,it's a very gutsy film. Sad and funny.
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…
Jill Clayburgh prancing around in her undies, giggling uncontrollably in the throes of foreplay, and performing with a rare in-character spontaneity. All this and more support Paul Mazursky’s dramedy about a woman trying to rebuild a life after her husband abruptly leaves her. There is a fascinating knowingness and a concerted effort to tap into the what the ‘modern woman’s picture’ may look like that is by turns outdated and still shockingly relevant. As Erica tries to figure out who and what will define her new life, Mazursky displays an immense care in the particular wants, needs, struggles, inner life, experiences, sexuality, and empowerment of his heroine.
Part of Top Ten By Year: 10 Honorable Mentions plus Grease post at Cinema Enthusiast: cinenthusiast.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/top-ten-by-year-1978-ten-honorable-mentions-plus-grease/
**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…
Paul Mazursky wrote and directed this buoyant, enormously friendly comedy about Erica (Jill Clayburgh) and her attempt to get back into "the stream of life" after her marriage of 16 years breaks up. It's a tenderhearted feminist picture. What may be disappointing to those who love Mazursky's earlier work is that in trying to identify with Erica and tell the story from a woman's point of view, he shies away from having her look foolish; in crucial parts, he suppresses his sense of satire, and the picture becomes virtuous. With Michael Murphy, Lisa Lucas, Pat Quinn, Kelly Bishop, Linda Miller, Cliff Gorman, Mazursky himself, as Hal, and Alan Bates, whose fine comic, expansive performance as Saul Kaplan, a famous painter,…
Jill Clayburgh is super awesome. Her naturalistic acting definitely took the movie on a new height.
if it's got women talking shit during a ritual brunch, sign me up!
Jill Clayburgh is quite impressive in her role as a wife who is told by here husband of many years that he's leaving her for a younger woman. She does a tremendous job in capturing the variety of emotions that come with such news and the subsequent fall out.
I watched this to see Kelly Bishop in her younger days, but Jill Clayburgh killed it. I found that her winter coat kept stealing scenes though. I want it.
There's usually some kind of love-hate relationship going on between me and those kind of movies...
This movie was mostly delightful, intelligent, honest, relatable, but there are tiny parts I just can't appreciate. It's feminist and sexist at the same time, but then again, it's just a story about life. It just depicts exactly how things CAN BE sometimes and tries to give insight into the protagonists´ states of mind, without any pretension. And that's one thing this movie does very well!
Laura Dern, lors d'une entrevue je crois pour Enlightened, soulignait le manque de matériel présentant des personnages crédibles de femmes (et non de midinettes de 20 ans) au prise avec de vrais problèmes, et elle y faisait notamment référence a ce film, ce qui m'a poussé a surmonter ma montagne de préjugés sur Mazursky (en raison de l'admiration pour ce réal. d'une certaine personne...) pour écouter ce film. Au final, malgré que l'exercice soit pas mal, je dois avouer que j'ai été décu... A quelques reprises, des dialogues un peu mal écrits génèrent des scènes au rythme bancal, auxquelles on a l'impression que manque des répliques qui auraient expliqué un changement de ton soudain... Peut-être est-ce dû a une tentative…
And it's certainly okay to feel lonely. You're supposed to in a situation like this. It's what's expected. It's really okay to feel anything; anger, jealous, depression. It's okay to feel.
When the plot of a film is a very simple every day story that we've all scene and heard before, in order for it to win me over there has to be something special going on that draws me in. An Unmarried Woman failed that test miserably. This film is essentially a Lifetime movie that might not even make it to air nowadays. The story is literally: a woman's marriage falls apart and she deals with divorce. There's no interesting twist, no notable acting performance, and no intriguing dialogue. It's a flat film with a dull plot and bland actors. I was bored, annoyed, and utterly baffled that this was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. It seems that this…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
Lifted from Mubi. All credit for the list goes to @LaursKemp.
[I added Brewster McCloud, HealtH, and Modern Romance]