Tag Archives: Ellen Burstyn

Delphine Seyrig – Sois belle et tais-toi AKA Be Pretty and Shut Up (1981)

Famous actresses talk about their role in the movie industry, and the demand to “be beautiful and shut up”. Read More »

Jules Dassin – Kravgi gynaikon aka A Dream of Passion (1978)

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The husband and wife team of director Jules Dassin and actress Melina Mercouri, who first enjoyed international success with the comedy Never on Sunday, collaborated for the last time on this powerful drama. Maya (Melina Mercouri) is a famous actress who is returning to the stage for a production of the classic Greek tragedy Medea, in which she will play the title character, a mother who murders her children. Kostas (Andreas Voutsinas), Maya’s former lover, will be directing Maya in the production, and when he discovers that Brenda (Ellen Burstyn), an American woman, is housed in a nearby Greek prison for killing her offspring, he suggests that Maya should meet Brenda as a means of better understanding her character. Read More »

Alain Resnais – Providence (1977)

The film describes the process of literary creation. Part of the story unfolds in the imagination of Clive Langham, a famous writer who has learnt that he has only a few months of life left and, on the eve of his seventieth birthday, is working on his last novel: a story in which he speaks of himself, his memories and his family. The links and divergences between art and life are underlined. Believing he is describing others, he describes himself, revealing hidden aspects of his personality. Read More »

Joseph Strick – Tropic of Cancer (1970)


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In 1960s Paris, an expatriate American novelist (Rip Torn) still struggling to find his voice lives life to the fullest without much regard for his wife (Ellen Burstyn) as he embarks on a succession of sexual encounters with beautiful women. Adapted from Henry Miller’s controversial 1934 novel — which was banned in the United States for nearly 30 years — this passionate drama also stars James Callahan. Read More »