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From the Journals of Jean Seberg1995

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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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An "ambitious and accomplished rereading of our movie past..." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Cineaste


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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!

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Perhaps no actor except maybe Francis Farmer was as used or as abused by the movies and the ones she loved as Jean Seberg is in this film and by this film.

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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!

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Super.

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This film was really good all the way through!

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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.

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4 1/2_fell in love w Jean in Breathless_seen it dozens of times love her every time_it's the only film i've seen_can't believe she had an affair with Eastwood_he's or he became a conservative asshole_it's insane what Hoover & the FBI did to her_still love her_really liked how the film brought other actresses into the film_pretty great over all

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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.

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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!

This is an interesting piece of film history but, in and of itself, it is sorely lacking in feeling

Confusing. Made to seem Jean said all of this. Interesting yes. I still like the film.