The 16 Faces of Sally
Flora Rheta Schreiber's 1973 Sybil, about a woman with 16 personalities manifested from an abusive childhood at the hands of her schizophrenic mother, sold 6 million copies and made Shirley Ardell Mason the most famous American case of multiple personality disorder. But in 2011, Debbie Nathan's book Sybil Exposed proved that the story was mostly a lie perpetrated by the author, Mason and Mason's unethical psychiatrist, Cornelia B. Wilbur. Tonight, Cinefamily screens a 16mm print of the 1976 CBS made-for-TV adaptation of the book, also titled Sybil, but which we like to call Gidget Goes Crazy. This was Sally Field's first star-turning and Emmy-winning role -- years before Norma Rae, Steel Magnolias and Forrest Gump, and way, way after Gidget and The Flying Nun. In it, she plays the titular, mousy grade-school teacher with too many voices inside her head, who goes around screaming about "The People! The People!" and drives her fist through a lot of windows. Our favorite personality? Vicky, the sophisticated one, who wears red lipstick, speaks French and rocks a fabulous French twist.
Tue., April 16, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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