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Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar (2018)

The story of Sylvia Plath's seminal novel The Bell Jar as well as the parallels between her life and the book. The film includes an exclusive testimony from Sylvia Plath's daughter Frieda Hughes about her mother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Narrator (voice)
Tristine Skyler ... Herself
Frieda Hughes Frieda Hughes ... Herself - Sylvia Plath's Daughter
Perry Norton Perry Norton ... Himself, Sylvia Plath's school mate
Betsy Wallingford Betsy Wallingford ... Herself, Sylvia Plath's school mate
Karen Kukil Karen Kukil ... Herself, associate curator of special collections at Smith College Libraries (as Karen V. Kukil)
Heather Clark Heather Clark ... Herself, author of 'The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes'
Neva Sachar Neva Sachar ... Herself, former guest-editor at Mademoiselle magazine
Laurie Glazer Laurie Glazer ... Herself, former guest-editor at Mademoiselle magazine
J. Melvin Woody J. Melvin Woody ... Himself, Sylvia Plath's friend
Janet Rosenberg Janet Rosenberg ... Herself, Sylvia Plath's friend
Elinor Klein Elinor Klein ... Herself, Sylvia Plath's friend
Philip McCurdy Philip McCurdy ... Himself, Sylvia Plath's school mate
Ted Hughes Ted Hughes ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Sylvia Plath ... Herself (voice) (archive footage)
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The story of Sylvia Plath's seminal novel The Bell Jar as well as the parallels between her life and the book. The film includes an exclusive testimony from Sylvia Plath's daughter Frieda Hughes about her mother.

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Bringing to life that 'queer sultry summer' of 1953.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sylvia Plath - kvinnans röst See more »

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Yeti Media See more »
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Color
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Well made but incomplete
20 May 2019 | by changwei3037See all my reviews

I was amazed by the quality of the documentary and enjoyed the film very much. It provides a clear look into Sylvia Plath's youth and early life without avoiding some issue that seems a little bit intimate. It also illustrates the social environment, the condition, and general sense of the time when she grown up in the 50's. Generally speaking an informative and intriguing document. The only thing that bugs me is the ending and how the relationship between her and Ted Hughes was presented. I do know there are these conflicting views between the two sides of the Atlantic ocean, and there is this view that her suicide is the result of a more deeper, pervasive psychological issue, but simply stating that "her marriage with Ted Hughes has ended" without any detail is strikingly incomprehensible. I couldn't quite understand how an event which has such a fundamental psychological impact on one's life can be (probably) intentionally ignored in such a context. But maybe, just maybe, we don't have to mention that because we all know what happened?


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