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Four Films About Mothers

Four Films About Mothers

Four Films About Mothers

Various / 106min / 16mm

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

Bonnie Friedman and Deborah Shaffer in person

JOYCE AT 34
Joyce Chopra / 1972 / 28 min / 16mm
Preserved with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation

ALWAYS LOVE YOUR MAN
Cara DeVito / 1975 / 21 min / Digital

CLOTHESLINES
Roberta Cantow / 1982 / 32 min / 16mm
Preserved with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York State Library, Division of Library Development

CHRIS AND BERNIE
Bonnie Friedman & Deborah Shaffer / 1975 / 25 min / 16mm

Four films about domestic life: Always Love Your Man, Cara Devito’s intimate portrait of her grandmother who recounts the abuse she suffered at her husband’s hands; Clotheslines, a film that takes laundry seriously as a form of folkart, a fraught social signifier and lens for women to reflect on the joys, pains and ambivalences of household chores; Chris and Bernie, the story of two young single mothers who join forces to make a new kind of family unit for themselves and their children; and Joyce at 34, Joyce Chopra and Claudia Weill’s ground-breaking documentary about the difficulty of balancing family and career.

Films courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Total Runtime: 106 mins