Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976)

15 Mar
Director  Joan Micklin Silver
Producer  Perspective Films, Learning in Focus Inc.
Contributors  Executive Producer: Robert GellerCast: Shelley Duvall (Bernice), Veronica Cartwright (Marjorie), Bud Cort (Warren), Dennis Christopher (Charley), Henry Fonda (narrator), Patrick Reynolds (Draycott)
Length 48 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: A young flapper bobs her hair to gain peer approval. She doesn’t get approval but she learns a lesson in values
Call # Md110
Genre  Theatrical
Rare  No
Online  Yes
Copyright status  Copyrighted
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  No


Bernice Bobs Her Hair is an adaptation of the short story with the same title by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It was a part of the series, The American Short Story and aired on PBS’ American Playhouse on April 5, 1977 in tandem with Sherwood Anderson’s I’m a Fool.  Some consider it to be the best film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Joan Micklin Silver is an American director born in 1935.  Her early low budget film Hester Street received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for actress Carol Kane.  Her film Between the Lines was entered into the 27th Berlin International Film Festival in 1977.

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