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Girlfriends  1978
Director:  Claudia Weill
Producer:
  Claudia Weill
Editor:
  Suzanne Pettit
Music:
  Michael Small
Screenplay:
  Vicki Polon, based upon a story by Claudia Weill and Vicki Polon
Director of Photography:
  Fred Murphy
Cast:
people1 Melanie Mayron
spacer1 Anita Skinner
people1 Eli Wallach
spacer1 Christopher Guest
spacer1 Bob Balaban
spacer1 Gina Rogak
spacer1 Amy Wright
spacer1 Viveca Lindfors
spacer1 Mike Kellin
spacer1 Roderick Cook
spacer1 Kathryn Walker
spacer1 Jean De Baer
spacer1 Nancy Mette
spacer1 Kristoffer Tabori
spacer1 Albert Rogers
spacer1 Russell Horton
spacer1 Jane Anderson
spacer1 Stacey Lomoe-Smith
spacer1 Tanya Berezin
spacer1 Ted Lambert
spacer1 Regina David
spacer1 Adam Cohen
spacer1 Norma Mayron
spacer1 Kenneth McMillan
people1 Melanie Mayron spacer1 Anita Skinner people1 Eli Wallach
spacer1 Christopher Guest spacer1 Bob Balaban spacer1 Gina Rogak
spacer1 Amy Wright spacer1 Viveca Lindfors spacer1 Mike Kellin
spacer1 Roderick Cook spacer1 Kathryn Walker spacer1 Jean De Baer
spacer1 Nancy Mette spacer1 Kristoffer Tabori spacer1 Albert Rogers
spacer1 Russell Horton spacer1 Jane Anderson spacer1 Stacey Lomoe-Smith
spacer1 Tanya Berezin spacer1 Ted Lambert spacer1 Regina David
spacer1 Adam Cohen spacer1 Norma Mayron spacer1 Kenneth McMillan
people1 Melanie Mayron spacer1 Anita Skinner
people1 Eli Wallach spacer1 Christopher Guest
spacer1 Bob Balaban spacer1 Gina Rogak
spacer1 Amy Wright spacer1 Viveca Lindfors
spacer1 Mike Kellin spacer1 Roderick Cook
spacer1 Kathryn Walker spacer1 Jean De Baer
spacer1 Nancy Mette spacer1 Kristoffer Tabori
spacer1 Albert Rogers spacer1 Russell Horton
spacer1 Jane Anderson spacer1 Stacey Lomoe-Smith
spacer1 Tanya Berezin spacer1 Ted Lambert
spacer1 Regina David spacer1 Adam Cohen
spacer1 Norma Mayron spacer1 Kenneth McMillan

Synopsis:
The girlfriends of the title are New York City photographer Susan (Melanie Mayron), who supports herself shooting weddings while trying to get her work into galleries, and her roommate and best friend Anne (Anita Skinner), an aspiring writer who slowly shucks her artistic dreams (and Susan) when she moves in with her boyfriend (Bob Balaban) and settles into marriage and motherhood.

Feeling abandoned by Anne and frustrated by the constant professional rejection she experiences, Susan keeps plugging away, accidentally acquiring a boyfriend (Christopher Guest) even as she determinedly maintains her independence.

Review:
In a 1980 interview, Stanley Kubrick called first-time feature-film director Claudia Weill’s low-budget indie “one of the very rare American films that I would compare with the serious, intelligent, sensitive writing and filmmaking that you find in the best directors in Europe.” Kubrick’s high praise was fully deserved: Girlfriends is a minor-key marvel – funny, painful, and affecting, and often all at once.

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