Diary of a Mad Housewife ★★★★★

As usual, the great Frank and Eleanor Perry do not disappoint, and as usual they deliver a film different from all their others.

I avoided this film all my life because I was terrified it would be a super-dated social commentary slog. I somehow imagined THE SNAKE PIT with a 1960s lecture on modern marriage built in.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is the film wholly fresh and free of social sanctimony, it is extraordinarily well acted (Frank Langella, Carrie Snodgress, and Richard Benjamin in a three-way tie for great performances), and best of all, it is managed to be funny, painful, and ultimately poignant in a way that brings to mind a rival film from the same year, Elaine May's THE HEARTBREAK KID.

Viewed in 35mm at the AFI Silver.