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The Bell Jar (1979)

The Bell Jar





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Sylvia Plath's feminist manifesto The Bell Jar is not exactly the most filmable of literary properties, but Larry Peerce, who'd previously done all right by Philip Roth's Goodbye Columbus, gives it the old college try. Marilyn Hassett, best known as the star of The Other Side of the Mountain, plays the Sylvia Plath counterpart, here a chronic overachiever named Esther. The film details Esther's mental decline and ultimate breakdown, laying blame squarely on the male-dominated Status Quo. While Hassett's effectiveness wavers from scene to scene, Barbara Barrie is right on target as Jay Cee, as is Anne Bancroft as Dr. Nolan. Marjorie Kellogg is the scenarist given the unenviable task of translating Plath's prose into viable images.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Marjorie Kellogg
On DVD: Jul 2, 1990
AVCO Embassy Pictures


Marilyn Hassett
as Esther Greenwood
Julie Harris
as Mrs. Greenwood
Anne Jackson
as Dr. Nolan
Scott McKay
as Mr. Gilling
Meg Mundy
as Bea Ramsey
Elizabeth Hubbard
as Vikki St. John
Karen Howard
as Toni LaBouchere
Margaret Hall
as Jane McLode
David Faulkner
as Professor Edwards
Nicholas Guest
as Young man
Shelley Rogers
as Student editor
Beth McDonald
as Student editor
Christine Estabrook
as Student editor
Ruth Van Poons
as Student Editor
Gil Rogers
as Dr. Richards
Allan Eisenman
as Cab driver
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Full Review… | June 11, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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Dramatically inert, confused film.

jay nixon

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