Jane Fonda feels like such an institutional figure within the film industry (even when she wasn’t so popular) that it’s hard to imagine she was ever an unknown. Sure, she had a famous father in Henry Fonda, but Jane had to build a career on her own terms to become her own woman — a journey that, by the actress’s own account, took decades to complete.
A new documentary, Jane, captures one of Fonda’s earliest chapters. Here’s the press description:
Jane, directed by Drew Associates, captures a rare and oft forgotten piece of film and theater history. A young Jane Fonda prepares for her tumultuous starring role on Broadway in “The Fun Couple.” The Drew Associates filmmakers track Fonda’s every move during the production as she strives to legitimize herself as an actress and remove herself from the shadow of her father, Henry Fonda.
The film follows Jane through demanding rehearsals, testing the play for out-of-town audiences and, finally, opening night in New York. Though the show opens to devastating reviews, Jane’s love of acting, her determination and her resilience shine through the biting criticism.
And if you’re a Fonda fan — or you just like to hear a good story — I highly recommend checking out her amazing interview on NPR’s Death, Sex, & Money podcast, in which she talks about her mother’s early death from suicide, her difficult relationship with her father, her confused gender identity as a teen, and her troubled marriages.
Jane is currently available for viewing by SundanceNow Doc Club members.
[via Filmmaker Magazine]