USA | 1978 | 130 minutes | 18A
An attractive and well-to-do New Yorker, Erica Benton (Jill Clayburgh), finds her comfortable existence upended when her husband, Martin (Michael Murphy), ends their marriage and takes up with a younger woman. Hurt and angered by her husband’s betrayal, Erica slowly begins to reevaluate her life and explore her newfound freedom. Eventually, she starts a relationship with an English artist named Saul (Alan Bates), but is wary of repeating past mistakes.
Director: Paul Mazursky
Cast: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy
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4K Restoration! 45th Anniversary Screening!
This January, Neon Dreams invites you to join us for the ultimate “new year, new me” event—Paul Mazursky’s 1978 masterpiece An Unmarried Woman, screening in a new 4K restoration.
Jill Clayburgh, in a career-defining (and Oscar nominated) performance, is Erica Benton, a Manhattan gallery worker whose life gets flipped upside down after the sudden dissolution of her marriage. Lonely and depressed, she sets out on a journey of self-discovery and sexual liberation while cautiously navigating the murky waters of her newfound freedom. While Clayburgh is positively radiant and lights up the screen in every scene she’s in (which, thankfully is all of them), Mazursky’s script “candidly addresses issues of sex, intimacy, loneliness, and divorce from an unabashedly feminist perspective” (Criterion Collection).
45 years after its release, An Unmarried Woman remains one of the most compassionate, exciting, and intoxicatingly human films to come out of the New Hollywood movement, and, in our opinion, one of the best New York City films ever committed to celluloid. It’s also one that promises to have you leaving the cinema feeling full of life, lust, and ready to take on any obstacle that comes your way. Simply put, it’s the perfect film to start the year off right. – BRENDAN ROSS
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