An "ambitious and accomplished rereading of our movie past..." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Cineaste
An unmistakable master of the intersection between documentary and narrative, Mark Rappaport easily ranks among the great filmmakers of our time. As Jonathan Rosenbaum noted in the introduction to his Cineaste interview with the director from 1996, "Rappaport virtually invented a new form of film criticism in ROCK HUDSON'S HOME MOVIES, a melange of clips and commentary..." FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG builds impressively on that remarkable accomplishment. With Mary Beth Hurt portraying the actress, Rappaport's "fictional essay" arrive at places that conventional documentaries are largely unable to reach.
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A brilliant film that is not just a documentary about the translucent Jean Seberg, but an insightful comment on the victimization of women in society, and of course in films from Hollywood. Amazing in its audacity, as the filmmaker takes apart the movie industry and its inherent misogyny by showing the careers of other major female stars and their filmmaker husbands who exploited them. Above all this is a documentary about a society bereft of morality and loving itself...Wow!
Confusing. Made to seem Jean said all of this. Interesting yes. I still like the film.
I enjoyed learning more in this unconventional documentary. The bizarre portrayal of Joan of Arc by Jane Fonda was perhaps the strangest moment. The movie treats Jean with respect and gives a good analysis of film, feminine portrayal, and maybe most importantly, the FBI.
I really enjoyed the film. She was most interesting and I learned so much about her and have great respect. There was a wry humor about her that showed itself at times.
Wonderfully inventive style of bio-documentary. Mary Beth Hurt is perfectly cast as the famously miscast (as Joan of Arc) Jean Seberg. This is a must see!