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Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

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Ellen Burstyn won her Oscar for Best Actress for her powerful turn as Alice Hyatt in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” and it was clearly well-deserved. Always an actress in pursuit of roles as strong female characters, Burstyn took this film on after her huge success with “The Exorcist.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we start our Ellen Burstyn series with “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”

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“It ain’t Peggy Lee."

Ellen Burstyn won her Oscar for Best Actress for her powerful turn as Alice Hyatt in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” and it was clearly well-deserved. Always an actress in pursuit of roles as strong female characters, Burstyn took this film on after her huge success with “The Exorcist.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we start our Ellen Burstyn series with “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” We talk about the film as a whole, looking at the journey this widow takes with her son told in a very realistic, gritty, yet comedic way. We discuss Burstyn in the role as Alice, along with other actors in the film including Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Vic Tayback, Valerie Curtin, Alfred Lutter and Harvey Keitel, and look at what they each bring to the table. We chat about Scorsese, making his fourth film here, and look at how this film fits in his body of work. And we talk about the brilliant moments scattered throughout the film — as well as a few key moments that feel like there could’ve been a bit more to the script. It’s a great film that, while we don’t love it, certainly has a lot to appreciate, and we have a great time talking about it this week. Tune in!

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