An Unmarried Woman 06/09/20

The Criterion Collection

Talk about a film whose time has come … Paul Mazursky’s ode to womanly liberation takes a sensible, gentle approach. Yes, the husband was a total jerk, and so is the first man Jill Clayburgh’s Erica turns to in need. What’s more important is the feeling of empowerment on the personal intimate level: it’s okay for a woman to have personal priorities; it’s okay to decline commitment to the whims and wishes of a male companion. Forty-two years later, the premise holds — especially the film’s emphasis on social support from one’s friends. With Alan Bates, Michael Murphy, Cliff Gorman, Pat Quinn, Kelly Bishop and Lisa Lucas. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.