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Lady Lazarus
The Work of Sylvia Plath
A film by Sandra Lahire
England, 1991, 25 minutes, Color/BW, DVD
Order No. W99305
LADY LAZARUS weaves a visual response to Sylvia Plath's own readings of her work, including DADDY, ARIEL and selections from THE BELL JAR. Elegiac but unsentimental, this evocative film celebrates the legendary writer, her macabre humor and the resonance of her words. Drawn irresistably towards Plath's haunting voice-recorded during the final years before her death in 1963-the film's figurative Lady Lazarus is a young woman who acts as a spiritual medium for the writer during a seance. Set in Massachusetts and England, where Plath spent her life, LADY LAZARUS translates Plath's poetry into a carousel of stark, deeply poetic imagery.


    "Lahire's Lady Lazarus breathes life into Plath and her poetry. The poet's ripe voice and the filmmaker's kaleidoscope of rich images are poignantly combined in this memento mori from one rare talent to another."
    Lizzie Francke

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