The Bell Jar

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • R
  • Biography

Sylvia Plath committed suicide at 30, and THE BELL JAR is her story. Though it follows the book closely, the script never examines the reasons Plath had her mental problems and the nervous breakdown that preceded her death. The drama is lost, and the story meanders under Peerce's direction. Peerce, son of opera singer Jan Peerce, was either courting or...read more

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Sylvia Plath committed suicide at 30, and THE BELL JAR is her story. Though it follows the book closely, the script never examines the reasons Plath had her mental problems and the nervous breakdown that preceded her death. The drama is lost, and the story meanders under Peerce's

direction. Peerce, son of opera singer Jan Peerce, was either courting or married to Hassett when this picture was made, and the nepotism is evident. Other than GOODBYE, COLUMBUS, Peerce's work has been very serious, to the point of tedium (A SEPARATE PEACE (1972); ASH WEDNESDAY (1973), among

others). A good cast otherwise--performances by Jackson, Barrie, and Weller (so good in NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE) are outstanding. Harris as the suicide's mother is, as usual, on the money. The plot is simply that Hassett gets increasingly depressed when her father dies and eventually takes

her own life. It begins as a downer and goes down from there.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Sylvia Plath committed suicide at 30, and THE BELL JAR is her story. Though it follows the book closely, the script never examines the reasons Plath had her mental problems and the nervous breakdown that preceded her death. The drama is lost, and the story… (more)

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