Bernice Bobs Her Hair
DIRECTOR: JOAN MICKLIN SILVER
CAST: SHELLEY DUVALL, VERONICA CARTWRIGHT, BUD CORT, LANE BINKLEY
One of the best F. Scott Fitzgerald screen adaptations is one of the least seen—not a gaudy Gatsby, but a supremely sensitive telling of one of his droll and perfectly formed short stories, made for PBS’s American Playhouse series and featuring an ideally cast Shelley Duvall as a shy young woman who’s encouraged by a popular flapper cousin to take on the modern Jazz Age styles, only to seemingly succeed in her new role all too well. An essential entry in the Silver filmography (Chilly Scenes of Winter, Crossing Delancey), richly comic and surprising.