- From Vault to Screen: UCLA Festival of Preservation
- The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean
August 25 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium
“Filmed in the Ozarks with a cast of unknowns (a twenty five-year-old Sam Waterston costars in his first film), the opening title sequence — the two young leads walking through a bucolic setting with Michel Legrand’s sentimental score — suggests a tender tale about a pair of young companions. However, the movie quickly takes an unusual turn when Norma Jean and her friend Vance pick up an enormous plastic dome. The narrative never reveals the structure’s origins, but the image of the looming yet magical two-story-high edifice provides an engaging and enigmatic set piece for the rest of the movie. An impressive example of American independent feature filmmaking during the mid-1960s” — UCLA. (Juleen Compton, 1966, 35mm, 82 minutes) Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by Century Arts Foundation.