I watched this because (1) Martin Scorsese directed it (2) it received 1 Oscar (Ellen Burstyn), 2 nominations (writing/supporting role) (3) Kris Kristofferson & Harvey Keitel contributed and (4) it received very high ratings everywhere. My watching reasons, however, are totally unjustified. Big disappointment. The uninteresting characters, a very much boring story and overmotivated/overdoing "Alice" spoilt it. Pity.
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.
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"
Más que la Alicia de Carroll, el personaje de esta película parece inspirado en la Dorothy de "El mago de Oz". Scorsese inicia su película con una remembranza al clásico de la Metro. La niña de granja que canturrea mientras sueña y maldice. "Alicia ya no vive aquí" es la versión realista de un cuento de hadas en donde los sueños se degradan y se sobrevive. Al final Alicia se divorcia de su promesa mas no del hombre.
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.
Scorsese's most neglected masterpiece, and the film of his that inspired other filmmakers the most. This psychedelic melo is one of those rare artworks that makes you feel that anything is possible. And Ellen Burstyn was something completely new to U.S. screen acting. The sun-bleached southwest provides a visionary calm and it was Scorsese's genius to look right into that bedazzlement.