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ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
July 30, 2018  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

This is one of the Martin Scorsese-directed movies least associated with the work of Scorsese, but this early work, from 1974, is just as unblinking a character study, in its own way, as such much more violent and male-oriented Scorsese movies as Taxi Driver. In Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Ellen Burstyn stars as a woman whose husband dies suddenly, leaving her to care for her young son by taking a job as a waitress in a small Arizona diner. Such subsequently more familiar Scorsese actors as Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster appear, but pay special note to Diane Ladd as a sassy waitress named Flo (pictured, with Burstyn). The two characters, Alice and Flo, formed the core of a popular CBS sitcom called Alice, based on the film and starring Linda Lavin and Polly Holliday, which premiered in 1976, and ran for nine years.

 
 
 
 
 
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