Saturday, September 3, 2011
An Unmarried Woman
Erica (Jill Clayburgh) experiences this the hard way. Her husband Martin (Michael Murphy) tells her tearfully (fake tears, of course) that he's fallen in love with a younger woman. Erica can't believe that her husband of sixteen years would on her.
Earlier, we get won over by Erica for a small scene. She's alone in her apartment, the radio playing "Swan Lake". She narrates as she dances through the apartment. Because of this scene and Clayburgh's charm within her part, we root for Erica from this point on.
An Unmarried Woman should honestly get more recognition than it receives. Same goes for Clayburgh. In a film era where the popular leading ladies were Jane Fonda and Faye Dunaway, Clayburgh was one of the more underappreciated names of the time. Safe to say her passing last November is felt immensely, more so to those who saw An Unmarried Woman.
My Rating: *****