Five Favorite Films with Elizabeth Olsen

The rising star of this week's Silent House also talks about the rigors of the shoot, and the pressure of following up her acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene.

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Considering she's the little sister of two of pop culture's most famous siblings, Elizabeth Olsen came out of relatively nowhere to wow critics and audiences with her eerie performance in last year's cult thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. Some observers even had her pegged for a possible Best Actress Oscar nomination. She was robbed; but we digress.

In this week's horror release Silent House, Olsen again gets to flex her talent for freaking the hell out, only this time with more of the shocks, splatter and lurid psychology favored by the genre crowd. As Sara, a mysterious young woman trapped and fighting for her life in a dilapidated old property, Olsen has the difficult task of carrying the movie -- made to resemble one queasy long take -- from off-kilter beginnings to its shrieking, full-blown conclusion.

We sat down with a much calmer Olsen recently to talk about shooting the film and the pressure of following up the acclaimed Martha; but first, she took a moment to run through her five favorite films.


Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood; 1939; 95% Tomatometer)

For me a favorite movie is a movie that you can watch at any time, and so I would say Gone With the Wind. I think the cool thing about Gone With the Wind... Well, this is what I decided, as I get older and more intelligent, why I like the film -- because as a little kid I just loved the love story, and the Civil War was an interesting thing to me -- but now it's that I think it's really cool to have the heroine of a film be someone that you really just don't wanna like. You struggle liking her and I think that's awesome. It is not a happy film. When it ends it's just so heartbreaking, and I know it's happening but I just can't handle it every time.




Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977; 98% Tomatometer)

I just love Woody Allen movies, so much. Annie Hall is also the first movie poster I owned -- and it's an original; I feel so happy to have it. I would love to work with Woody Allen. I would love to.




Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979; 98% Tomatometer)

Also, Manhattan. I can watch Diane Keaton in a Woody Allen movie over and over and over again. Any time I'm on location somewhere foreign, I watch those two movies 'cause they remind me of New York and being happy. [Laughs]. I have them on my computer.




Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953; 98% Tomatometer)

Roman Holiday is another one of those movies: first off, I feel like I'm supposed to go to Rome, like my soul's supposed to be in Rome, but it's also one of those movies that I have on my computer for when I'm abroad. It also helps me fall asleep -- the older movies, the way they look, for some reason, make me tired. [Laughs] It's just one of those easy movies to watch and cozy up to and unwind with.




Pal Joey (George Sidney, 1957; 75% Tomatometer)

Pal Joey was my favorite musical as a kid. I just love that film.



Next, Olsen on this week's Silent House, the pressure of following up Martha Marcy May Marlene, and diversifying her roles.

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