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The Student Nurses

The Student Nurses

The Student Nurses

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1970 / 89min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: STEPHANIE ROTHMAN

CAST: ELAINE GIFTOS, KAREN CARLSON, BRIONI FARRELL, BARBARA LEIGH, RENI SANTONI

Stephanie Rothman made a small but significant series of subversive exploitation films, chief among them The Student Nurses, which forgoes cheap psychologizing and sexual gratuity for a nuanced take on the professional and personal options faced by women. Though she was recognized at the time by some astute critics, it’s only recently that Rothman’s work has been unequivocally acknowledged for what it is: incisive, funny, and bursting with ideas, and a crucial counter to the overwhelmingly male vision of the American seventies.

New 35mm print from Academy Film Archives with support from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund and Cinema Conservancy

The Student Nurses is screening as part of the series: Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z