Jane Fonda in Five Acts

2018

Documentary

92
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 1,087

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Jane Fonda as Lillian
Lily Tomlin as Violet Newstead
Robert Redford as Warren Justice
Troy Garity as Barry Winchell
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Reviewed by AlsExGal 9 / 10 / 10

The sins of the father

When the Bible talks about the sins of the father being visited on the children to the third and fourth generation, that is probably not God being vindictive so much as it is a statement of fact, and it certainly applies here, at least to the second generation. Jane Fonda is a little girl lost. She accomplished a lot in life for a little girl lost, and made one - even by her admission now - big mistake in her visit to Hanoi. My dad called her "Hanoi Jane" up until his death earlier this year, and he was 92 and didn't even fight in Vietnam. It is telling that the acts of her life are named after other people - Henry, Vadim, Tom, Ted - I didn't see the fifth act named. Even now, at eighty, Jane Fonda seems like a person in search of herself. Let's start at the first act, the root of all of her problems - Henry - as in Henry Fonda, her father. She said he was distant, without emotion, that she felt she always had to act like they were the perfect family even though dad was absent emotionally and could only show emotion in terms of a role in a film and mom was continually depressed at least in part because dad was having affairs with much younger women. So Jane Fonda grows up pretty much without a personality. Even her first acting teacher admitted to her that when he first met her he had never met such a conventional and boring young woman. But she had acting talent - so much talent that she won two Best Actress Oscars while dad was waiting to win his first Best Actor Oscar. I just couldn't stop being impressed by the irony of her life. Growing up as she did, the personalities of those around her were impressed strongly upon her own, this being particularly true of her first two husbands and of Simone Signoret, a famous French actress that she befriended while married to Roger Vadim. Also, her children now complain about some of the same things that she complained about concerning her dad. Her son by Tom Hayden, Troy, said that they lived in communal housing, that their vacations were wherever his parents were doing protests or events, that he took a backseat to their activism. Jane herself said she would look into the eyes of her daughter by Roger Vadim when she was a toddler and she would see her looking at her as though asking "Why don't you check in? Where are you emotionally?". The curse of Hank Fonda. This is an encyclopedic work by HBO on Fonda, with her doing the bulk of the talking. If you want to learn about a subject, after all, first ask the subject! Just one more thing. The documentary opens on Richard Nixon, in one of his famous tapes, talking in 1971 about "What is wrong with Jane Fonda?" and how Henry Fonda seems like such a nice man. What is up with a guy, an American President, who documents every word he ever said on tape, tells everybody that there are tapes, and then dares the courts to take them? A subject for another time and another documentary.

Reviewed by ruthshen 10 / 10 / 10

My new role model.. that's why Jane made those workout videos? for activism funding? who knew!

Wow..in tears now. this biography narrated by Jane Fonda re-introduced me to her. Who knew she's such a role model? She seemed to have it all, but all the time struggling with confidence and self-identity. She grew slowly and morphed with the 3 husbands, acting roles, and changing the world around her. if you have issues with your father/mother, watch this movie. she will empower you.if you have issues with an eating disorder, watch this movie. she will empower you.if you have issues finding meaning in your life, watch this movie. she will empower you.if you have issues with men trying to shape and confine your growth, watch this movie. she will empower you. Jane Fonda in 5 acts.

Reviewed by Natalie Rosen 10 / 10 / 10

Life on her own terms

This is a documentary about the life of Jane Fonda, daughter of film star, Henry Fonda, whom I knew well from his movies of previous eras. I grew up knowing both of them in their professional roles. This is an excellent documentary of Jane, who grew up a shy lonely child enduring her mother's suicide and her father's coldness morphing into a fulfilled woman becoming an activist for humanitarian causes. It spoke to me. Later in life she sees herself not defined by the men she was with or to whom she was married but by her own personal measure and by her own deeds. We see and listen to this documentary told by Jane as she progresses into the various phases of her life looking at her life through the lens of not only the three different men she wed and but also in her early years through the strained almost sterile relationship she experienced with a father who could act in film but was unemotional and uncommunicative in life. This documentary is the opposite of that. It is a highly emotive documentary reflecting the pain in her early years because of a father she thought did not love her and the suicide of a broken mentally ill mother whom she never got to know. Through a child's immature eyes one could see why she thought herself deficient in some way even physically unattractive as her father kept chastising her for being overweight. She was in reality thin and later bulimically very thin but still incapable of not only receiving love from either parent but loving herself. Later, finally, on her own in the final scenes she escapes being defined by the men she wed or her sad relationship with her father but defines herself in her own right. She visits her mother's grave for the first time one snowy winter day to apologize for not trying to understand her mother if only to embrace her and tell her she understands her mother's own tormented background and loves her unconditionally. The documentary takes us on her life's journey through the men she married, the films she starred in and the political life she embraced. Her first marriage to French film director Roger Vadim with whom she had a child, to political left wing activist Tom Hayden with whom she had one child and finally to billionaire and media mogul Ted Turner. Jane was a subsidiary of all of her marriages taking second place to the whims of what she thought the men in her life wanted her to be. Vadim emphasized her body cajoling her to act in mindless goddess films such as Barbarella. Her leftward political turn and her own growth came as mine did during the Vietnam turbulent years of the Sixties. Though combative I loved that era. It infused her life and my own life with cerebral meaning. Her films were many. I am not able to list them all here but her notable films and ones which impacted my own life and hers were ones filled with social commentary. They were "They Shoot Horses Don't They," a dance marathon film about the torturous Great 1929 Depression and the average people it crushed, "Coming Home," an anti Vietnam war film of the Sixties, "Julia," a profound look at the evils of fascism and Nazi Germany, "China Syndrome," a statement on the dangers of nuclear power and "On Golden Pond," coming full circle acting with her elderly father, Henry Fonda, reflecting the great depth of their own tortured relationship, Henry Fonda's explicit iciness to her and Jane's plea for love from him. This is a biographical documentary film for our time as the social split occurring in the late sixties between the left and the right has gotten argumentatively worse in this toxic Trumpian era. Trump is a reflection of our broken nation and is a man who capitalizes on that brokenness. I loved this documentary because it takes me back to my own metamorphosis during the late Sixties at a university known for its Berkley-like leftist political slant at that time. I went from a high school girl who questioned nothing to a woman decades later who questions everything as Jane Fonda's later films encourage one to do. I urge you to see this biography and think about your own human development and what it means to take a political stand even if the ridicule one faces is smothering. I was not a radical at that time but I did love the anti-war radical leftists and black rights advocates including MLK and Malcolm X who had the fortitude to put their lives on the line for humane moral causes and a fierce desire to save their people and humanity from the death that those of privilege and power often deliver! Now in her 80's Jane Fonda has found a new zest for life as she plays her last act going through it on her own terms.

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