On their 16. anniversary, during a shopping stroll, the lawyer Nick Fifer confesses his wife Deborah some affairs. She goes wild and insists on a divorce. After they agreed to the dividing up of their belongings, Deborah confesses having an affair, too. Now he gets very upset and wants the divorce for his part, but the last word is not spoken yet. —IMDb
Although actor/director Paul Mazursky enjoyed a lengthy and successful career spanning several decades, he rose to his greatest prominence during the 1970s, an era during which his films probed with uncommon insight and depth. Born Irwin Mazursky on April 25, 1930, in Brooklyn, NY, he studied literature at the nearby Brooklyn College. There he began acting, winning acclaim for a leading role in a 1950 campus revival of Leonid Andreyev’s He Who Gets Slapped. His performance caught the eye of scenarist Howard Sackler, who introduced the young actor to an aspiring filmmaker named Stanley Kubrick. Mazursky then took a leave of absence from his studies to travel to California to appear in Kubrick’s little-seen debut feature, Fear and Desire, for which he changed his first name to Paul. Upon graduating in 1951, he migrated to Greenwich Village, where he studied method acting under Lee Strasberg. He also appeared in a number of stock productions, ranging from Death of a Salesman to The Seagull… read more
Scenes from a Marriage receives Hollywood makeover; the bourgeois augmented by not only '90s artefact but consumerist, corporatist lampoon: the Mansion + Mall not as Meccas but social homesteads. Woody - who could’ve well directed - is Woody, except as self-mocking West Coast ponytailed exec; Midler’s marriage doctor carrying the irony of Ullman’s divorce lawyer. Its farce, irresistible to devotees; the dialogue, lighter, but the leads stay genuine foils in banter - between which Mazursky, like Bergman, fluctuates and permeates with a steadfast, conciliatory love.
eeghad...a real disapointment from the great Mazursky. The seemingly compelling teaming of Allen & Midler flops
Not nearly as bad as I'd been led to believe. Witty, with tons of hilarious visual puns.