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169 Ratings

An Unmarried Woman

Directed by Paul Mazursky
United States, 1978
Comedy, Drama, Romance


A New York wife learns about the satisfactions of single life in this landmark 1970s woman’s film.

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An Unmarried Woman Directed by Paul Mazursky

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1978 | Winner: Best Actress

Academy Awards

1979 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1978 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1979 | Nominee: Best Actress

Critics reviews

In a supremely confident performance, Clayburgh—who appears in every scene—exudes enviable comfort in her ambivalence, subjected to the film’s uniquely sympathetic view of psychoanalysis and colorful depiction of female friendship. Whether this reaches an apex in a scene that links Hollywood starlets with the self-worth of two generations of women, or another that translates empathy into a Paul McCartney singalong—either way it’s good for the soul.
June 17, 2015
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The action unfolds with a documentary-style geographical specificity, offering a time capsule of Manhattan locations, uptown and downtown alike. Mazursky’s achievement is, above all, choreographic: for all the trenchant conversation, he sets the characters into mad motion, alone and together—jogging, dancing, fighting, strolling, embracing—and even the static set-pieces, in bars and at dinner tables, have the sculptural authority of frozen ballets.
June 15, 2015
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An Unmarried Woman resembles Blume in Love not only in its insight and precise observation of behavior, but also with the emotional satisfactions it provides—Mazursky isn’t afraid to pull out all the romantic stops at the right moment. He wants to record the exact textures and ways of speech and emotional complexities of his middle-class Americans, and he wants to point out the empty places and the hiding places in their lives.
March 01, 1978
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