Entre las muy personales Malas Calles (Mean Streets, 1973) y Taxi Driver (1976), Scorsese fue director “de encargo” de este correctísimo melodrama, que le permitió “soltarse” como director de cine para los grandes estudios.
El motor de este agradable filme es la excelente interpretación de Ellen Burstyn. Dio lugar a una longeva serie de televisión, titulada escuetamente Alice (1976-1985), y protagonizada por Linda Lavin.
A recently widowed woman who had depended on her late husband for more than a decade has to learn how to cope with her life as a single mother. Her foul-mouthed pubescent son isn’t easy to deal with either, and she sees nothing but hard times at the end of the road. This is pretty much what Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is about and, unlike most of his films which revolve in one way or another around…
Marty should make another film with a female protagonist. It's clear from the commanding central performance by Ellen Burstyn and both the tension and warmth he brings to Alice's story that he takes their problems as seriously as those of his mobsters or Wall Street wolves. Its even-handed, often idiosyncratic, depiction of the self-actualization of a single mother is no longer as radical as it must have been in 1974 but it's still remarkably rare to see in films even thirty years on.
What can I do? I girl needs a bit of romance on a sunday evening!
Scorsese does drama/romance and it was quite good.
Ellen was really great as Alice and I just love Kris Kristofferson, always so charming with his guitar...
This was on my personal watchlist for so long...
Chicken: "Would you mind turning around for me?"
Alice: "Turn around? Why?"
Chicken: "I wanna look at ya."
Alice: "Well, look at my face, I don't sing with my ass."
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a nice little film early in Martin Scorsese's career. Lead by a powerful performance by Ellen Burstyn (who won an Oscar for the role), the film a but strange for Scorsese but he executes it well. It wonderfully portrays the struggles of a single…
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