Sylvia [DVD] [2003]

This biographical drama which chronicles the life and times of celebrated poet and novelist Sylvia Plath has been given a simple presentation for its release on DVD. Sylvia has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in French and Spanish, as well as closed captions in English. The film's original trailer has been included as a bonus.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Original trailer

Synopsis

Sylvia
The life of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath -- one of the most celebrated literary figures of her generation -- is brought to the screen in this controversial screen adaptation. Born in Boston, MA, in 1932, Plath (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) developed a precocious talent as a writer and published her first poem when she was only eight years old. That same year, tragedy introduced itself into her life as Plath was forced to confront the unexpected death of her father. In 1950, she began studying at Smith College on a literary scholarship, and while she was an outstanding student, she also began suffering from bouts of extreme depression; following her junior year, she attempted suicide for the first time. Plath survived, and, in 1955, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study in England at Cambridge. While in Great Britain, Plath met Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig), a respected author who would later become the British Poet Laureate; the two fell in love, and married in 1958. However, marriage, family, and a growing reputation as an important poet failed to bring Plath happiness, and as she became increasingly fascinated with death in her later poetry and her sole novel, The Bell Jar, and after Hughes left her for another woman, her depression went into a tailspin from which she would never fully recover. Sylvia was adapted in part from Birthday Letters, a collection of poems Ted Hughes published in 1998, in which he dealt with his marriage to Plath in print for the first time. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow - Sylvia Plath
  • Daniel Craig
    Daniel Craig - Ted Hughes
  • Jared Harris
    Jared Harris - Al Alvarez
  • Amira Casar
    Amira Casar - Assia Wevill
  • Andrew Havill
    Andrew Havill - David Wevill
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