Review: ‘Diary of a Mad Housewife’

An engrossing story of the disintegration of a modern loveless marriage, with Richard Benjamin and Frank Langella effectively portraying the inadequacies of husband and lover, respectively, and Carrie Snodgress, as a frustrated, sensitive wife.

An engrossing story of the disintegration of a modern loveless marriage, with Richard Benjamin and Frank Langella effectively portraying the inadequacies of husband and lover, respectively, and Carrie Snodgress, as a frustrated, sensitive wife.

Story line [from a novel by Sue Kaufman] has Snodgress reach the breaking point under a marriage to Benjamin that has become sated with his selfish material values. She turns to Langella as an afternoon lover, only to find him just as bad.

Benjamin, who is top-billed, is saddled with the most unsympathetic role as a disenchanted, post-JFK idealist now determined to rise in the middle-class flotsam, he is excellent in maintaining a character so delineated that one wants to throw something at the screen.

1970: Nomination: Best Actress (Carrie Snodgrass)

Diary of a Mad Housewife

Production

Universal. Director Frank Perry; Producer Frank Perry; Screenplay Eleanor Perry; Camera Gerald Hirschfeld; Editor Sidney Katz; Art Director Peter Dohanos

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Richard Benjamin Frank Langella Carrie Snodgress Lorraine Cullen Frannie Michel Lee Addoms
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