Okay, not all of Scorcese's films are garbage. This is one of the good ones, before he became a total idiot. A very rich and successful idiot on cruise control. Ellen Burstyn owns this film, completely. She actually brought the script to Scorcese and hired him. What an amazing actor.
Strong scents of Gena via John (Minnie pre this film), of WANDA, but too shiny to have the same impact. With no money, Cassavetes and Loden created superior films via primal urgency. Even this early in Scorsese's career, there is a poli$h that rubs me the wrong way. Nevertheless, it had me a little teary-eyed by the end. And Keitel is freaking insane. Highly recommended.
In which Scorsese, generally occupied by masculinity, directs one of the great Actress Showcases of the 70s. Of course, it was Burstyn's project—Scorsese just had to keep the camera moving. So it's lighter on his personality, and actually has more hokum than some of his more explicitly "Hollywood" films. But pretty damn good, with a beautiful cinephiliac opening and a track by Mott the Hoople. Burstyn is terrific.
"What's the use of getting married? It's only a waste of time I'd rather sit upon a shelf, one makes two when you're talking to yourself. Never let a girl be master for the sake of a cuddle and a kiss. You may have lots of things you never had before but what you never had you'll never miss"
Scorsese does Douglas Sirk and hints of Terms of Endearment. I love how its a common consistence that Hugo is a great departure for Mr.Scorsese when this is also completely different than anything else in his career. There's a real humanistic warm in this that is missing in most of his flicks. A treat!
It's a really nice movie, one that warms your heart and soul and even if you know it's not a cinematic masterpiece you still appreciate it. I can't help it - I always fall for this eccentric, childish and extremly lovable women characters in a movie.It's great that it wasn't a typical Scorsese, cause I'm really tired of it.
A feminist picture, that's also partially a road picture, but it is all Scorsese. With his great attention to detail and his ability to get the best performances from his actors. Ellen Burstyn is simply amazing and received a well deserved Oscar for this incredible performance.