Girlfriends (1978 film)

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Directed by Claudia Weill
Produced by Claudia Weill
Written by Vicki Polon
Starring Melanie Mayron
Music by Michael Small
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Edited by Suzanne Pettit
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
August 1978
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Girlfriends is a 1978 comedy-drama film directed by Claudia Weill and written by Vicki Polon.


A photographer, Susan, supports herself by shooting baby pictures and Bar Mitzvahs while she aims for an exhibit of her work in a gallery.



Stanley Kubrick brought up the film in 1980 when being interviewed by Vicente Molina Foix at Kubrick's house.[1]

Foix: Are you interested in the new paths or trends within current Hollywood production being tried by people like Coppola, Schrader, Spielberg, Scorsese or DePalma?

Kubrick: I think one of the most interesting Hollywood films, well not Hollywood -- American films -- that I've seen in a long time is Claudia Weill's Girlfriends. That film, I thought, was one of the very rare American films that I would compare with the serious, intelligent, sensitive writing and filmmaking that you find in the best directors in Europe. It wasn't a success, I don't know why; it should have been. Certainly I thought it was a wonderful film. It seemed to make no compromise to the inner truth of the story, you know, the theme and everything else.
The great problem is that the films cost so much now; in America it's almost impossible to make a good film -- which means you have to spend a certain amount of time on it, and have good technicians and good actors -- that aren't very, very expensive. This film that Claudia Weill did, I think she did on an amateur basis; she shot it for about a year, two or three days a week. Of course she had a great advantage, because she had all the time she needed to think about it, to see what she had done. I thought she made the film extremely well.


In 1978, Girlfriends won Bronze Leopard award for Best Actress at the Locarno International Film Festival and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 1979 it won the Special David award at the David di Donatello Awards. That year it was also nominated for a Golden Globe award and a BAFTA Award.[2]


  1. ^ Quoted in The Stanley Kubrick Archives, p. 460, Taschen, 2008.
  2. ^ "Awards for Girlfriends". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 

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