In Praise of Older Women (1978 film)

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In Praise of Older Women
Directed byGeorge Kaczender
Written byStephen Vizinczey (novel)
Paul Gottlieb
Barrie Wexler
Produced byRobert Lantos
Claude Héroux
StarringTom Berenger
Karen Black
Susan Strasberg
Helen Shaver
Marilyn Lightstone
Alexandra Stewart
CinematographyMiklós Lente
Edited byGeorge Kaczender
Peter Wintonick
Music byTibor Polgár
Distributed byAVCO Embassy Pictures (US)
Warner Bros. (France)
Release date
  • September 22, 1978 (1978-09-22)
Running time
110 minutes

In Praise of Older Women is George Kaczender’s twelfth feature film. It was written by Stephen Vizinczey (novel), Paul Gottlieb and Barrie Wexler. The story happens in Hungary during and after World War II but the movie was shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The film was premiered at the Toronto Festival of Festivals on September 14, 1978.


András Vayda (Tom Berenger) grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.s during World War II. Disappointed by the girls his age, he meets Maya (Karen Black), a married woman in her 30s, who tutors him in love and romance. Maya is only the first of many mature women whom András will meet through his teenage and young adult life.



Before its release, the Ontario Film Review Board demanded the removal of a 35 second sex scene from the film. However, the original cut of the film was shown during the Toronto International Film Festival, and despite a subway strike and a rainstorm, hundreds of people waited outside the Elgin Theatre to see the film.[1] According to some sources, counterfeit tickets were distributed, and a riot almost formed as ticket holders were turned away.[1][2]


List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Canadian Film Awards, 1978[3] Art Direction (Feature) Wolf Kroeger Won
Performance by a Lead Actress (Feature) Helen Shaver Won
Supporting Actress (Feature) Marilyn Lightstone Won
Cinematography (Feature) Miklós Lente Won


Australia: R / Canada: 18A / Finland: K-18 / Iceland: 16 / Netherlands: 16 / Sweden: 15 / UK: 18 / USA: R

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  1. ^ a b David Berry (September 3, 2015). "TIFF: An oral history". National Post. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fun facts about TIFF". CBC News. September 3, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "Awards Database". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. April 8, 2014. Archived from the original on November 14, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2015.