Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) Film Review

Carrie Snodgress
DIRECTOR: Frank Perry
BOTTOM LINE: The last movie that director Frank Perry and his screenwriter wife Eleanor made together was their best. A wonderful adaptation of the bestselling novel “Diary of a Mad Housewife” by Sue Kaufman, it stars Carrie Snodgress as Tina, an upper-middle-class housewife who gets no respect from either her whining and demanding husband (Richard Benjamin) or her arrogant and demanding lover (Frank Langella making his film debut). The movie’s only sour note, a product of its times, is that Langella’s character turns out to be gay thus, explaining all the nasty things he did to Tina over the course of their relationship.
POST TITLE: Eleanor Perry: One of the Great Screenwriters. Twenty-Seven Queer Films 1967-1976. Queer Cinema Comes Out.
CATEGORY: My Favorites
SUBCATEGORY: Queer Film | Eleanor Perry: One of the Great Screenwriters.

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