Girlfriends

Written by Michael Clawson

70/100

An understated, understanding, and sensitively observed character study set in 70’s New York City, in which an aspiring young female photographer named Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) independently navigates a new chapter in her life after her best friend and roommate Anne, a writer, gets married and moves out. 

With both a great sense of humor and great respect for Susan, Weill shows her taking unglamorous gigs for money while separately chasing her artistic dreams, getting involved with a couple different men (one much older than the other), and trying out a peppy vagabond as a new roommate (just for the company really, considering Susan doesn’t even charge her rent). 

As a picture of contemporary urban life for single, creative women, it’s neither particularly rosy nor dreary. Working in a mode of unvarnished realism, Weill’s interest lies in matter of factly depicting Susan’s valuing of her independence and personal space, even while adjusting to a life of less time with her best friend.

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Episode 119: William Wyler: How to Steal a Million / The Children’s Hour

“Stills belong in the lobby, not on the screen.”

William Wyler, Director of How to Steal a Million and The Children’s Hour

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On Episode 119 of Drink in the Movies Michael & Taylor discuss their First Impressions of: Mortal Kombat & Voyagers. Then dig into two of William Wyler’s Feature Films: How to Steal a Million and The Children’s Hour.

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