Ellen Burstyn archives just now and it turns out that no, I have somehow never done a list of my top five favorite performances from one of my all-time favorite actresses, and that's ridiculous. It's obscene! Both the fact that I have never done the list and the fact that there are still so many of her performances I need to see. Either way it's Ellen's 90th birthday today (which came up in that video I posted from Darren Aronofsky's The Whale premiere last week) so let's just do it now. None of us are getting any younger. And I should note that the top performance listed below is actually what I consider to be the greatest performance in the history of film. She owns that, for me.
My 5 Favorite Ellen Burstyn Performances
Sara Goldfarb, Requiem For a Dream (2000)
"In the end it's all nice."
The Last Picture Show (1971)
"I guess if it wasn't for Sam I'd have missed it. Whatever it is. I'd have been one of them amity types that thinks that playin' bridge is about the best thing that life has to offer."
"I'm sick to death of trying to get you to love me."
The Exorcist (1974)
"Christ, I don't even smoke grass."
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
"Sexy for Phoenix."
What are your favorite Ellen Burstyn performances?