AMERICAN COMEDY-DRAMA AT FILM SOCIETY – 16th AUGUST

by Aug 3, 20190 comments

On Friday 16th August at the Yea Shire Chambers Murrindindi Film Society will screen the 1974 American comedy-drama Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More.  Doors open at 6.45 p.m.

Martin Scorsese directed this occasionally painful but mostly very funny film about a recently widowed 35 year old who takes her precocious twelve year old son on a journey through South-Western America, while trying to revive her mediocre singing career.  On the way she faces some harrowing realities but also encounters some basically good, if eccentric, characters who help her gain self-sufficiency.  

The film is quite a departure from Scorsese’s earlier male-dominated productions set in “Little Italy”.

The screenplay by Robert Getchell examines Alice’s personality in depth and brings out her inner passion for idependence.  Film critic Roger Ebert said “The movie has been both attacked and defended on feminist grounds, but I think it belongs somewhere outside ideology.  There are times when it seems less about Alice than the speculations and daydreams of a lot of women about her age who identify with the liberation of women, but who are unsure of themselves.”  The story retains a great deal of relevance today.

Ellen Burstyn won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Alice and the film received several other awards and nominations.  Others in the cast include Kris Kristofferson, Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster in an early role.

Members are invited to   revisit this sometimes gritty, often hilarious and warm-hearted film.  Prospective members and first time guests are welcome free-of-charge.

All enquiries to Jill Dwyer, 5797 2480 or jill.dwyer@bigpond.com

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