• An implied sex scene where two people lie in bed naked. Nudity is hidden.
  • Some sexual talk, but nothing too graphic.
  • PG: For Sensuality/brief nudity, some violence and language including kissing.

Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, A Warm Sad Singing.

Goodbye, Alice, a warm sad song.

Goodbye to Alice tells the story of the widow Alice who travels with her son and decides to start a new life to pursue her dream of becoming a singer she gave up for marriage. She took her son to Phoenix and became a resident singer in a small bar. She met Ben there. Unexpectedly, Ben was a charming but very violent married man. After finding herself cheated, she quickly left the town to work as a waiter in a restaurant in Arizona, where she fell in love with divorced farmer David, but finally chose to live alone with her son because she couldn’t accept David’s discipline.

Goodbye Alice is not a typical Martin Scorsese film. It has no gorgeous scenes, rich dialogue and straightforward violence, but it is Martin’s favorite film. At first, I was attracted by the name of the film. When I heard the name “Alice doesn’t live here anymore”, um… A meaningful story, there was a little sadness. In fact, “Alice doesn’t live here anymore” was originally the name of another play, which was rewritten according to a song of the same name in 1933. And “goodbye Alice” is the story of a widow singer.

Martin Scorsese’s taste for music fascinated me. When Alice’s husband was buried, Alice came home, sat in front of the wooden organ and calmly played and sang Alice Faye’s you’ll never know. The sun shone on her, and her son listened quietly in the garden outside the window. “You’ll never know just how much I miss you / you’ll never know just how much I care / and if I tried / I still couldn’t hide my love for you / you wet away and my heart wet with you…” this song is the most moving part of the whole film for me, and it shows how brave and gentle a woman can be.

Martin always has a pile of music storage in his mind, and he uses them appropriately. “For me, every piece of music has an association with it,” Martin said In Martin’s kidnapper films, he often uses blues and rock music to set off the ruggedness of men; In romantic scenes, Martin makes good use of jazz to create an ambiguous sensory atmosphere between men and women. What impresses me most is that he often uses magnificent classical music in violent scenes, so skillfully creating the beauty and tension of violence. For example, it is reflected in the beginning of angry bull and the end of taxi driver. The handy use of soundtrack is also a right-hand assistant to the success of Martin’s films, and this excellent ability is also closely related to his talent and extensive involvement in his youth.

Goodbye Alice is a story about a mother. A mother who still has a dream has a brave heart. But she still needs care from men, which is why she is always in trouble. Goodbye Alice is Martin’s fourth work. Biographer Christie still believes that “for Martin’s autobiography, it is a male dominated film, which is a complete take-off of Martin.” Martin thinks they deliberately designed Alice’s husband to die in a car accident, so Alice’s so-called “independence” is just because she has no other choice. Martin doesn’t think he made a feminist film. Christy commented that “this film is about self responsibility and how people make the same mistakes again and again”. Ebert, a commentator of the Chicago Sun Times, said that “it is one of the most insightful, interesting films that inadvertently and painfully portray American women.” There are many discussions about whether the film is feminist, and the key lies in the audience’s own perspective. I think it still contains some feminist elements. It shows the violent harm from men to women, and then shows how women deal with the misfortunes they must bear in their destiny, but they have never given up the pursuit of happiness and independence. This does not mean that female characters in feminist films must be happy through independence, but that women do not yield to male power, but always adhere to her beliefs and pursue what she expects to become. In the end, this is the insistence and pursuit of equality in the essence of feminism. Albert used the word “undefeated” to describe Alice, a 35 year old woman who wanted to be a singer and follow her dream. When Alice was singing in the bar where she met Ben, the director used a 360 degree surround lens. At this moment, she was so beautiful, and you could feel that she was the center of her life. However, on the whole, the first half of goodbye Alice is more feminist than the second half. In the first half, we can see a single mother pulling her son to fight against difficulties as much as she can. The story between her and her son is also very interesting and pure. But when she meets a man, the story seems to be in the danger of a soap opera: falling in love, arguing, and then separating. Maybe it’s because most relationships do, or maybe Martin knows too much about men and women.

Martin taught us a lesson that women are so beautiful when they have dreams, and that women are brave enough to pursue her dreams. He also portrayed the image of a mother who was extremely responsible for his son, which also expressed Martin’s gratitude for his mother’s love to a certain extent.

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