In addition to this micro cinema history lesson, it is important for you to know that the original stage play was written by magazine editor and socialite Clare Booth Luce who was a fascinating woman in her own right and who went on to become a Republican senator and then a US ambassador. I read a fascinating medical mysteries book about 15 years ago that talked about Luce's ambassadorial stint in Rome. While she was living in an old Italian villa, her health started rapidly declining to the point that she very nearly died. She returned to the USA and before long began to recover, only to return to Italy and start deteriorating again. On closer analysis (and this is a potentially good story line for House) it turned out that she had arsenic poisoning. No, it wasn't a murder attempt. Scientists traced the arsenic to old flaking paint in the bedroom of her Italian villa.
The point of this post (spot the alliteration there folks!) is that a new version of The Women starring Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Debra Messing, and Eva Mendes amongst others has just been released. It's definitely on my list of things to see but in the meantime you may want to do a mini-comparison of the two trailers for yourselves. And don't forget ... these two movies were made nearly 70 years apart.