The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar


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The Bell Jar

Poet Sylvia Plath wrote an immensely popular roman à clef, The Bell Jar, which chronicles a woman's descent from functioning as a highly educated, motivated, and capable young woman to being completely incapacitated at the hands of mental illness. Sadly, Plath committed suicide at age 30, and did not have a chance to enjoy the success of her novel, which wasn't officially published in the United States until the early '70s. In this tragic tale, Esther Greenwood (Marilyn Hassett) is the central figure, a college student on a publishing internship with a woman's magazine in Manhattan. As she begins to experience psychological difficulties, her troubles are compounded by the incredible insensitivity of the people around her. On one occasion, her boyfriend condescendingly berates her for taking an overdose of pills. Critics complained that this movie, which did not do well at the box office, failed to capture the evocative emotional tone of the novel.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
UPC: 0029502099787
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Telavista
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:53:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Hassett Esther
Julie Harris Mrs. Greenwood
Anne Jackson Dr. Nolan
Barbara Barrie Jay Cee
Donna Mitchell Joan
Robert Klein Lenny
Mary Louise Weller Doreen
Scott McKay Mr. Gilling
Jameson Parker Buddy
Thaao Penghlis Marco
Carol Monferdini Hilda
Debbie McLeod Betsy
Meg Mundy Bea Ramsey
Elizabeth Hubbard Vikki St. John
Karen Howard Toni LaBouchere
Anne Bancroft Actor
Brenda Currin Actor
Christine Estabrook Actor
Nicholas Guest Actor
Margaret Hall Jane McLode
Dan Hamilton Actor
Roxanne Hart Actor
Gil Rogers Actor

Technical Credits
Larry Peerce Director,Producer
Steve Barnett Asst. Director
Andrew Bonime Producer
Jerrold Brandt Producer
Donald Brooks Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Robert A. Goldstone Producer
Paul Hefferan Set Decoration/Design
Gerald Hirschfeld Cinematographer
Janis Ian Score Composer
Marjorie Kellogg Screenwriter
Tony Lamarca Producer
John Robert Lloyd Production Designer
Michael Todd Producer
Marvin Wallowitz Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bell Jar
2. A Poet [10:04]
3. Mother [15:22]
4. New York [8:20]
5. Lenny [14:48]
6. Joan [3:38]
7. Queen Bee [6:19]
8. Marco [8:42]
9. Disturbed [14:08]
10. Treatment [6:05]
11. Birthday [3:55]
12. Friends [6:04]
13. The Arrow [12:01]

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The Bell Jar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting movie. The casting was perfect, and the storyline was intriguing. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Sylvia Plath's story.