The Art of Marriage

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The Art of Marriage
Directed by Sean S. Cunningham
Produced by Sean S. Cunningham
Written by Sean S. Cunningham
Nevada Institute For Family Studies
Release date(s) March 25, 1970 (Washington, D.C.)
April 1, 1970 (Los Angeles)
July 12, 1971 (Sweden)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,500
Box office $100,000

The Art of Marriage is a 1970 American white coater. It was the cinematic directorial debut of Sean S. Cunningham.


Sean Cunningham, a Broadway director, went into the film business in 1969. He gathered three crew members, and with a budget of $3,500, he shot The Art of Marriage. He said that he had no idea of what he was doing when he filmed the movie. He did not even think he had to have three crew members.


The film was released in a couple of theaters in 1970. Word-of-mouth made it a hit by the standards of its time, grossing $100,000. Cunningham used $50,000 from the profits to rent his first office.

The production also attracted the interest of filmmaker Wes Craven, who in 1971 would be an associate producer on Cunningham's next movie Together—Craven's first film credit.


The film itself has not really established much of a legacy. As of 2011, no DVD release has been issued. However, if the movie had not been a hit, Cunningham would not have gotten his first office and met Wes Craven. As such, this film is what propelled Cunningham into stardom.

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