Just watched this 1974 gem. At first I was like, what the hell is Scorsese doing? It seemed so all over the place and meandering but, when someone (Alice in this case) is searching for themselves that kind of happens, doesn't it? The audience has to find the film's rhythm. And not vice versa. No market testing obviously.
It's beautifully observational and authentic. The waterfight between mother and son for example. You see modern movies trying to capture this 'sweet familial love' dynamic all the time but it's always in some totally phony sequence like "let's lipsynch to oldies in our pajamas!" You know? Anyway great stuff. Gorgeous cuts, too. Love that 70s editing style --Whatever happened to Marcia Lucas anyway? She edited three crucial 70s pics and then... zip. Hollywood. I guess Marcia doesn't live there anymore.