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The Bell Jar (1979)

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Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of... See full summary »

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Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of the Rosenbergs' execution to sleazy disc jockeys and predatory college boys. Written by Remy <rholzer@ammi.org>

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Sometimes just being a woman is an act of courage.

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25 October 1979 (Denmark)  »

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Canção para Uma Louca  »

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Director Larry Peerce and star Marilyn Hassett were married at the time of production. See more »

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New York taxis, (unlike L.A. cabs) do not now nor did they ever have their telephone numbers on them. See more »

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Here Comes The Night
Written and Performed by Janis Ian
Arranged and Conducted by Ronald Frangipane (uncredited)
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An Abomination
26 February 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the worst films I've ever seen. I looked into it mainly out of a morbid curiosity since I loved the novel, and I wish I hadn't. I turned it off after a little less than an hour, though I wanted to turn it off after five minutes. I wish I had. It disregards the novel a lot and changes all sorts of factors. Unless the film managed to redeem itself in the last 50 or so minutes (which would be impossible) I would in no way recommend this. Its an insult to one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. I don't think, as many people say that it is, that "The Bell Jar" is necessarily unfilmable, but this particular rendition could have been done without. I'd almost like to see this one day in the hands of a director and screenwriter who can do it justice.


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