Director: Martin Scorsese

112 minutes, U.S.A., 1974, Colour, DVD

Our monthly gastronomic feature followed by a meal in the IFI Café Bar.

Leaving town with her precocious 11-year-old son Tommy after her husband dies suddenly in a road accident, Alice (Ellen Burstyn) hopes to trade in her old domestic life to finally make it as a singer. After a short stint performing at a dingy lounge bar in Phoenix, which ends abruptly because of a misjudged fling with a volatile Harvey Keitel, Alice and Tommy move to Tucson where the only job going involves serving cheeseburgers at Mel and Ruby’s rowdy diner. Working alongside Alice is brazen Flo (Diane Ladd), who Alice initially loathes and Vera (Valerie Curtin), a strange, wan character who also happens to be a disastrous waitress. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

After the film, enjoy one of these main courses from our menu inspired by the film!

Tex Mex style Chilli bowl with nachos & cheese

Open Pulled pork sandwich on sour dough with home fries

Stuffed peppers on a bed of creamy mash in rich tomato sauce

Tickets €20. 

This event is part of Beyond the Bechdel Test, our season throughout July focusing on the work of directors who have explored the complex ties between women that are an integral aspect of the films’ narratives, named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel who introduced the idea in her 1985 comic strip.

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