The Bell Jar (1979)

R   |    |  Biography, Drama

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As the horrors beneath the idealized 1950's come about, a successful young woman finds herself having a serious mental breakdown when she returns to New England.


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3 August 1999 | Monika-5
Didn't follow the book
While Marilyn Hassett is a fine actress (she's absolutely wonderful as Jill Kinmont in the "Other Side of the Mountain" movies), she was totally miscast in "The Bell Jar". According to the book, the character of Esther Greenwood was nineteen, and Ms. Hassett was almost thirty-two at the time of this filming. Sylvia Plath's novel is a haunting, harrowing, timeless classic, and the film reflected none of that. It was a mess. Read the book instead.

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