An Unmarried Woman

An Unmarried Woman

Jill Clayburgh
Director: Paul Mazursky Cast: Jill Clayburgh
Jill Clayburgh
, Alan Bates
Alan Bates
, Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy
Paul Mazursky

Blu-ray (Color)

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A New York wife learns about the satisfactions of single life in this landmark 1970s "woman's film." Unlike her dysfunctional friends, vibrant Erica (Jill Clayburgh) seems to have it all: a nice Upper East Side home, a well-adjusted teenage daughter (Lisa Lucas), a job at a Soho art gallery, and a loving husband, Martin (Michael Murphy). Erica falls apart, however, when Martin leaves her for a younger woman. Finally, at her female therapist's urging, Erica ventures out into the world of singlehood, finding solace in female bonding and even casual sex. As she adjusts to her new life, Erica realizes that she likes her freedom and independence. But when she falls in love with sensitive bearded artist Saul (Alan Bates), Erica must decide whether to turn down a lucrative job to spend the summer with her man in Vermont or forge ahead with her new existence. One of a group of new "women's pictures" made in the wake of post-1960s feminism, including Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and The Turning Point (1977), An Unmarried Woman updated the genre's concern with relationships and love by turning the heroine's unwedded status into a positive growth experience. The great female stars of the past like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis may be gone, as Erica and her friends mourn, but so is the all-consuming suffering of classical weepies, as writer/director Paul Mazursky ends the film on a note of reserved affirmation. While some critics (including feminists) complained that Saul was too much of a romantic fantasy, An Unmarried Woman was praised for Clayburgh's performance, and earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. A hit with 1978 audiences, An Unmarried Woman provoked viewer debate over Erica's final choice and its meaning for women. Either way, An Unmarried Woman astutely pointed to how far the new 1970s woman had come -- and how far she still needed to go.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2020
UPC: 0715515244817
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 318

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2005 featuring Director Paul Mazursky and actor Jill Clayburgh; New interviews with actors Michael Murphy and Lisa Lucas; New interview with author Sam Wasson; Audio recording of Mazursky speaking at the American Film Institute in 1980; Trailer; Plus: An essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastien

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jill Clayburgh Erica Benton
Alan Bates Saul Kaplan
Michael Murphy Martin Benton
Cliff Gorman Charlie
Pat Quinn Sue
Kelly Bishop Elaine
Lisa Lucas Patti Benton
Andrew Duncan Bob
Daniel Seltzer Dr. Jacobs
Matthew Arkin Phil
Penelope Russianoff Tanya
Novella Nelson Jean
Raymond J. Barry Edward
Paul Mazursky Hal
Ivan Karp Herb Rowan
Jill Eikenberry Claire
Michael Tucker Fred
Chico Martinez Cabbie
Clint Chin Chinese Waiter
Ken Chapin Man at Bar
Vincent Schiavelli Man at Party
Ultra Violet Lady MacBeth
Linda G. Miller Jeannette

Technical Credits
Paul Mazursky Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Bill Conti Score Composer
Terry Donnelly Asst. Director
Pato Guzman Production Designer
Mike Maggi Makeup
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Ray Producer
Anthony Ray Producer
Edward Stewart Set Decoration/Design
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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