Directed by Mark Rappaport • Documentary • With Mary Beth Hurt • 1995 • 97 minutes
From the Journals of Jean Seberg is a profoundly illuminating exploration of Jean Seberg’s career from the brilliant filmmaker Mark Rappaport (Rock Hudson’s Home Movies). Mary Beth Hurt (The Age of Innocence) portrays Jean Seberg, who reflects on her life as it is illustrated through her work. It follows her as she is plucked from obscurity to star in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan (1957), to the critical drubbing that followed, her resurrection as a star in Godard's Breathless (1960) and through her death in 1979. From the Journals of Jean Seberg is a revelatory interrogation of film history, and women’s place in it, that examines Seberg’s involvement with the Black Panther Movement while also touching on the careers of Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood.
"Rappaport's ability to deconstruct film history's celluloid artifacts while commenting archly but effectively on feminist issues, ideological concerns, and social mores makes From the Journals of Jean Seberg a compelling examination of the moving image." —Austin Chronicle