|Shelley Duvall as Bernice|
|Veronica Cartwright as Marjorie|
|Bud Cort as Warren|
|Dennis Christopher as Charley|
|Mark La Mura as Carpenter|
|Mark Newkirk as G. Reece Stoddard (with a name like that you just have to use all of it)|
|"Bernice, girls our age divide into two groups: there's the ones like me who like to have a good time, then there's the ones like you who just love to sit around and criticize us for it![sic]"|
|So, you think you can dance?|
|You'll be Popular...Just Not Quite as Popular as Me|
Marjorie (Veronica Cartwright) and Roberta (Lane Binkley) prepare for the Country Club dance
The more things change, the more they stay the same. With few alterations in the actual behavior of the characters, Bernice Bobs Her Hair could be played out, as is, in any number of different eras, with merely a change in title:
|Duvall's transformation from wallflower to man-trap is a delight|
|Unburdening himself to Bernice, Warren longs to reveal his true self by becoming a writer. Albeit under the deliciously loony pseudonym of Charlotte Van Heusen.|
"I don't want anyone to know it's me. I'm in too much pain."
|The 1920s Bob re-imagined through the 50s and 60s|
Louise Brooks, Jean Seberg,Twiggy, Peggy Moffitt (sporting Vidal Sassoon geometric)
As was the style of the day, the socialites in Bernice Bobs Her Hair sport mountainous piles of hair. The numerous scenes of women fussing and tending to their hair dramatizes the dichotomy posed by the narrative. Long tresses may be a badge of femininity and old-world gentility, but its need for constant care inhibits spontaneity and freedom. The short bob haircut requires minimal care and seems ideal for the more active modern woman, but its lack of society precedence and its too-close association with silent-screen “vampires,” brands the haircut instantly scandalous (aka, rebellious).
There's no way to watch Bernice Bobs Her Hair without acknowledging, time and time again, how little has changed in the realm of human interaction since 1920. Whether this is comforting or disturbing news is another matter.
Bernice: "My philosophy is that you have to either amuse people, feed 'em, or shock 'em!"
Those words, written in 1920, could literally be Lady Gaga's mantra.