AMC is playing right now An Unmarried Woman, a movie that drove me crazy when I first saw it in a cinema in the late 1970s and still drives me crazy today.
In An Unmarried Woman Alan Bates (who in real life was the most beautiful man on earth – trust me on this) played the sexiest most tender man on earth and he was madly in love with Erica. Lucky Erica, would you say? But the premise of An Unmarried Woman is that Erica’s going to be independent no matter what, so she drops him.
Give Erica 5 long years of independence, bad dates, and living with too many cats and she’d have had time to regret her stupid decision. By which time he would have found someone who appreciated him for who he was.
Or as Judy Benjamin put it,
“Did you happen to see that movie An Unmarried Woman?
Well, I didn’t get it… I mean, I would’ve been Mrs. Alan Bates so fast that guy wouldn’t have known what hit him!”