Stephanie Rothman x 2: The Student Nurses
Director: Stephanie Rothman
USA / 1970 / 89 min
Available Aug 7-13
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 ’70s. Film courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.