Movies about dating and relationships
Something of a mainstream breakthrough for Paul Mazursky, one of American cinema’s more underrated talents (the man behind “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Enemies: A Love Story,” among others).
It’s a pretty simple set-up; well-to-do New Yorker Erica (Jill Clayburgh) thinks she has pretty much the perfect life, which swiftly implodes when her husband (Michael Murphy) tells her he’s in love with another woman.
After all, it’s one of the more universal human experiences; unless you get very lucky, everyone who falls in love will at some point have the wrenching experience of falling out of it, or being fallen out of love with.
If you want to be (or at least appear to be) a little more cultured and watch a foreign film, we’ve got that too.
It’s one of the most incisive and powerful films about marriage in recent memory, and deserves entirely to sit alongside Bergman, Fassbinder, Nichols et al.
“An Unmarried Woman” (1978) Less the depiction of a crumbling relationship, like most of the films in this piece, than a portrait of what happens in the aftermath.
"It is possible that frequent exposure to romance and courtship in this idealized form could lead viewers to adopt equally idealized notions about relationships in the real world," said Lippman, the study's lead author.
Researchers studied the responses of 625 college students—including 392 females—to learn how romantic movies, sitcoms involving relationships and marriage-themed reality shows might affect their beliefs about relationships.