Q&A with actress Diane Ladd and Cynthia Felando, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies.
Alice, a recently widowed woman, goes on the road with her precocious young son determined to make a life for herself as a singer. She winds up taking a job at Mel’s Diner and soon finds strength and self-worth through her friendship with the other waitresses, notably saucy “Flo,” played by Diane Ladd. Ms. Ladd received an Oscar nomination, a BAFTA Best Supporting Actress Award, and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. This film was Scorsese’s first Hollywood studio production and marked his first (and only) attempt into a female-centered story.
In a post-screening discussion, actress Diane Ladd will discuss her work on Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore with Cynthia Felando, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies. The event will be followed by a reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.
About “Inside Perspectives: Scorsese”
“Inside Perspectives” is a UCSB faculty-moderated quarterly film series sponsored by The Carsey-Wolf Center and the Department of Film and Media Studies. This quarter, the series focuses on the work of renowned director, Martin Scorsese. “Inside Perspectives: Scorsese” presents screenings of Scorsese’s films with discussions from the perspectives of writers, actors, and scholars.
Diane Ladd has earned recognition for her Academy Award-nominated performance as the comical, independent and vulgar Flo in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974). She went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for Alice (1980–81), and to receive Academy Award nominations for Wild at Heart(1990) and Rambling Rose (1991). Her other film appearances include Chinatown (1974), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), Primary Colors (1998), 28 Days (2000), and American Cowslip (2008)
After graduating from UCLA, Cynthia Felando worked as an art house and film festival programmer. Primary teaching and research interests include American film history and culture, youth culture, contemporary trends in international cinema, and the history and criticism of short films. She is a past recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award awarded by UCSB’s Academic Senate. Recent publications include Discovering Short Films: The History and Style of Live-Action Fiction Shorts (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “A Certain Age: Wes Anderson, Anjelica Huston, and Modern Femininity,” in New Review of Film and Television Studies 10.1 (2012).
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center
and the Department of Film & Media Studies.