Girlfriends

Girlfriends

Directed by Claudia Weill • 1978 • United States
Starring Melanie Mayron, Eli Wallach, Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban

When her best friend and roommate abruptly moves out to get married, Susan (Melanie Mayron), a wannabe gallery artist slumming it as a bar mitzvah photographer on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, finds herself adrift in both life and love. Could a new job be the answer? What about a fling with a married, older rabbi (Eli Wallach)? A touchstone of American independent filmmaking that went on to influence an entire subgenre of films and television shows (most famously Lena Dunham’s “Girls”) about young women trying to make it in the big city, Claudia Weill’s 1970s New York time capsule captures the complexities and contradictions of women’s lives and relationships during the era of second-wave feminism with both wry humor and refreshing frankness.

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Girlfriends
  • Girlfriends

    Directed by Claudia Weill • 1978 • United States
    Starring Melanie Mayron, Anita Skinner, Eli Wallach

    When a photographer's best friend suddenly gets married, the young woman--who is just out of college and struggling to start a career in New York City--feels abandoned and her insecurities surfac...

Extras

  • Commuters

    This 1973 short documentary by Claudia Weill and Eliot Noyes reveals the two kinds of commuters who travel to and from a suburban New York neighborhood.

  • City Lights

    In 1978, director Claudia Weill and actor Melanie Mayron appeared on the Canadian talk show “City Lights,” to talk about GIRLFRIENDS with host Brian Linehan.

  • Joey Soloway and Claudia Weill on GIRLFRIENDS

    In this interview, director Claudia Weill talks with writer and filmmaker Joey Soloway. It was recorded remotely in 2020.

  • Girlfriends: A Look Back

    This interview with director Claudia Weill and actors Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, and Bob Balaban was recorded remotely in 2020.

  • Vicki Polon on GIRLFRIENDS

    This interview with screenwriter Vicki Polon was recorded in New York in 2020

  • Claudia Weill on GIRLFRIENDS

    This interview with director Claudia Weill was recorded in New York in 2019.

  • Claudia Weill on GIRLFRIENDS

  • Joyce at 34

    Directed by Joyce Chopra and Claudia Weill • 1972 • United States
    Starring Joyce Chopra

    In feminist filmmaker Joyce Chopra’s JOYCE AT 34 (codirected with Claudia Weill, who would later direct the great unsung GIRLFRIENDS), Chopra examines the demands of juggling a baby and a professional career.