Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

alice
Drama
, Romance
1974

Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Alfred Lutter III, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, Lane Bradbury, Billy Green Bush, Lelia Goldoni, Harry Northup, Vic Tayback, Valerie Curtin, Laura Dern

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn)

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Diane Ladd); Best Original Screenplay (Robert Getchell)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

Did You Know? The opening sequence was designed to be an homage to The Wizard of Oz.

And now a Word from the Guise:
There is so much wrong with the film: child abuse, domestic abuse, mansplaining, sexism, etc. But I loved all of it, because of how it was presented. Alice does her best to protect her son, despite herself verbally bullying him; and she tries to get herself out of abusive relationships. That is, until the end, when she decides to stay with the guy who constantly told her to smile and, oh yeah, smacked her kid. But hey, I guess when the choice is between a man who’s threatening to kill you and a man who (only) smacks your child, the clear winner is…. neither of them; they’re both deadbeats.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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