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Fitzgerald's bob for a shiny apple

January 03, 2009

Re "In Other Words," by Susan King, Dec. 29: While the feature film versions of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels and stories are for the most part wanting (though from this vantage point, parts of the Kazan/Pinter "Last Tycoon" work very well), the best regarded film adaptation of a Fitzgerald story is probably "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (1976), scripted and directed by Joan Micklin Silver for PBS' "The American Short Story."

Silver and her young, talented cast really captured the feel and nuance of Fitzgerald's story; Shelley Duvall was outstanding as Bernice.

Byron Baker

New York

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