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Criterion Collection: An Unmarried Woman (1978) | Blu-ray Review

Criterion Collection: An Unmarried Woman (1978) | Blu-ray Review

Academy-Award nominated writer/director Paul Mazursky makes his first entry into the Criterion canon with his sixth feature, the seminal (first-wave) feminist landmark An Unmarried Woman, one of a handful of New Hollywood alums to place a woman’s agency as the crux of the film. Notably, it is the signature role of Jill Clayburgh, who like Gena Rowlands, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, Sigourney Weaver, Meryl Streep and Faye Dunaway, ascended to prominence in the 1970s on a crest of female empowerment heretofore rarely glimpsed in American cinema.

Winning Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, and scoring one of her two Academy Award nominations, it would cement Clayburgh (wife of playwright David Rabe and mother of actress Lily Rabe) as a permanent iconoclast.…

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