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Diary of a Mad House
- C Smith
Please oh please air DIARY OF A MAD HOUSE WIFE. It is absolutely one of my very favorite movies!Thank You so much TCM for all the great movies!
Diary of a Mad Housewife is Madly Wonderful
Imagine having everything and nothing at the same time. Welcome to the world of Tina Balser, an Ivy-league educated housewife dwelling in a fabulous New York apartment. She weaves in and out of its numerous rooms orchestrating daily madness: Household help that doesn't work. Spoiled children who treat her like the household help. A demanding, bratty, narcissistic attorney husband whose mouth opens only to criticize and denigrate her. In between she self-medicates, bartending herself drinks and cigarettes. A glutton for punishment, she entangles herself in an affair with an equally demanding, bratty, and narcissistic writer who doesn't even bother to couch his disdain for her. This is a must-see about a woman seeking her identity through role-playing Wifey, Mommy, Sex Object, Doormat, and Party Hostess. She discovers all the roles are equally unfulfilling. Her downward spiral into the maddening world of contradiction is equaled by her inner-rage. This film was released right about the time of the Ms. Magazine/women's lib movement. I watched it again recently and it's basic question still resonates: Who are we (women) when we do not allow ourselves to BE ourselves? Great film. Hope TCM screens it soon.
diary of a mad housewife
please please put this on tc movies great movie
diary of a mad house wife
- jeanne uzelac
please play this movie again and again
Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)
- Jay Higgins
Carrie Snodgress' exceptional Oscar nominated performance is the highlight of this very stylishly directed film. Frank Perry did a great job directing. Well written, good cast. Richard Benjamin is ideal in his role.
WHY ISN'T THIS ON DVD??
I saw this movie a long time ago and have been looking for it recently on DVD. I cannot believe with all the trash that goes on TV or straight to DVD that this classic has not been resurrected to a 2 disc collector edition. Please find it in your heart to at LEAST play it on TCM so I can TIVO it!! It is a classic!
One of the very best!
This is one of the best movies of it's type you will ever see. It is mostly drama with splashes (lots) of black humour thrown in. The performances are literally spellbinding & worthy of Academy award nominations. Frank Langella's performance is probably the best as the most unlikeable handsome snob you have ever seen. More of the same in performance level with the late Carrie Snodgress & Richard Benjamin. I am very confused as to why such a great movie as this is not available in a deluxe dvd package. Incidentally there are two versions of this picture, The theatrical version which deals quite a bit with the affair & the tv version which deals mostly with Tina's home life with her husband, kids & psyciatrist. This one is perfect for the special edition dvd treatment with both versions. I would love to know what Langella has to say now about this classic as his performance was so good it should have at least had him nominated for the academy award which was not the case. Please TCM, air this movie soon as I would love to see a nice widescreened copy for the first time. As the last reviewer mentioned this is a very very black comedy from an era when these kind of pictures were very common. A absolute classic in every department!
Maybe the greatest 'black comedy' ever...
- David H.
The fact that this movie has cornered the market on unlikeable characters is reason enough to laugh youtself silly. But wait...there's more! Rude behavior by a classic gang of jerks, boffo yuks revolving around the world of wine snobbery, a disastrous Thanksgiving dinner, an even worse holiday party, and NO soundtrack(!) make this an all time classic. If you ever feel that insufferable relatives & 'friends' have tested your will to live during the holidays, watch this movie...maybe a couple times. It's sure to make your spirits brighter. I own the VHS (well worn)...when's the DVD (with 'extras' from Richard B. & Frank L.??) coming out?