Forgot just how good this one was. Damn funny, bitterly sweet and just plain good. From the opening set piece and marvelous direction by Marty to Ellen Burstyn's remarkable performance. All around goodness. Plus sexy Kris Kristofferson, complete with beard. Woof.
Ellen Burstyn does a brilliant job as a recently widowed mother who embarks on a tour of the United States in search of a better life for her and her bratty, bespectacled son.
In this neological retelling of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, the titular Alice battles poverty, harassment, sexism, bearded men in denim, and the perils of raising an obnoxious son. She dreams of fulfilling her life's ambition of becoming a singer and rallies after every setback with enviable poise and strength.
Ellen Burstyn (Alice) is such an amazing actress. Such a warm and witty movie. Add this to the list of my favorite Scorsese movies (it's a big list).
Ellen Burstyn steals the show in this early example of Scorcese's talents. Its a respectable early outing that shows him experimenting with editing and character before finding his groove.
Had I not sought this film out because it was directed by Martin Scorsese, I would never have guessed it. Scorsese has been criticized in the past for failing to depict women in a positive light onscreen, but "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" makes me think that he just doesn't know how to. While not necessarily a bad film, it's an awkward mash-up between a road trip comedy, a feminist self-discovery drama, and a romance. Only one of those three…
What do I say about Martin Scorsese that all of you don't know about?
He makes Mean Streets then he goes to make a dramatic movie where a woman who just lost her husband and has about 2 dollars in her account and a dream of becoming a singer with her son.
I have seen almost all of Martin Sir's work. He has shown many faces to his work. He also made a PG 13 movie Hugo recently. And at…
Ellen Burstyn: ★★★★★
What I learned:
IT'S SO HARD BEING FEMALE
I can't help but think that Richard Linklater must have been at least partially inspired by Alice to make Boyhood. A wonderful, warm, funny, sad film and instantly one of my favourite Scorsese movies. So great!
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
I wonder about the state of feminism in 1973-4. I'm guessing that this movie was received in a mixed manner when it came out, as it manages to juggle and never take a position regarding the state and what a woman should do when is in a number of given situations as stated in this movie. This is a film about reactions, if we are given a certain kind of rising, if we…
Martin Scorsese has developed reputation as a macho filmmaker. Nearly every one of his films focus on male characters, and he makes what he refers to as ‘street pictures’ better than anyone ever has. Of course, this doesn’t cover the director’s entire filmography. In fact, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, one of the director’s first big steps outside his comfort zone, was truly one of the first films in which Marty established his signature style.
It seems odd, that any…
Another Martin Scorsese Masterpiece!
I've yet to see a Martin Scorsese that I don't love. This movie is less of what you've come to expect from Martin Scorsese but there are lots of that style that Scorsese is known for.
Ellen Burstyn, which i can say is one of my favorite actresses if not my favorite actress, brings out a powerhouse performance. Her and the kid have amazing chemistry in this movie that made me think they were actually mother…