From the Journals of Jean Seberg

Dir. Mark Rappaport (1995). Mark Rappaport’s follow-up to Rock Hudson’s Home Movies is an even bolder amalgam of free-associational film theory, cunningly outre montage, and deadpan bitchiness. Mary Beth Hurt, an inspired choice to speak for Seberg, watches her supposed 17-year-old self play Joan of Arc and asks, “Who on earth would follow this drum majorette into battle?’’ Rappaport brackets tragic Seberg with two more resilient stellar-activists, Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, arguing that the Iowa-born gamine was “the first modern actress.’’ The movie is too full of ideas to see once—although too glib in some respects to withstand repeated viewings.
Sat., July 31, 9:15 p.m., 2010

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