SCORSESE & CASSAVETES Double Feature: ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, 1974, Warner Bros., 112 min. Dir. Martin Scorsese. Ellen Burstyn won an Oscar for her performance as a widowed mother starting a new life in the American Southwest. This early Scorsese gem is a richly detailed character study in which Burstyn gets terrific support from Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster.
A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, 1974, AGFA, 155 min. Dir. John Cassavetes. Director John Cassavetes continued his ongoing collaboration with spouse Gena Rowlands and friend Peter Falk in this emotion-shredding tale of a Los Angeles housewife tenuously holding onto her sanity while trying to fulfill the expectations of her husband, children and society at large. Rowlands is stupendous as the woman in search of herself (her performance was nominated for an Oscar, along with Cassavetes for his direction), and Falk is astonishing in his portrayal of an alternately tender and boorish working-class hero who loves his wife deeply but is totally at sea on how to cope with her. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by the Film Foundation and Gucci. Discussion following ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE with actress Jodie Foster.