The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean
DIRECTOR: JULEEN COMPTON
CAST: SHARON HENESY, ROBERT GENTRY, MARCO ST. JOHN
With her second film, Compton took a dive into magic realism, telling the story of the titular clairvoyance-blessed teenager (Sharon Henesy) as she’s first manipulated by an unscrupulous Beatles-esque rock band who want to harness her powers for their own ends, then breaks away to build a fortress of sorts in a huge mail order plastic dome. Shot in the Ozarks with a cast of unknowns that includes a very young Sam Waterston, The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean is a rich, mysterious work, its psychic heroine a symbol of the strange, budding power of young womanhood.
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by Century Arts Foundation.
Screening in Juleen Compton x 2.