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From the Journals of Jean Seberg by Mark Rappaport

Mark Rappaport’s creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema, politics, American society and culture, and film theory to inform, entertain, and move the viewer. Seberg’s many marriages, as well as her film roles, are discussed extensively. Her involvement with the Black Panther Movement and subsequent investigation by the FBI is covered. Notably, details of French New Wave cinema, Russian Expressionist (silent) films, and the careers of Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood are also intensively examined. Much of the film is based on conjecture, but Rappaport encourages viewers to re-examine their ideas about women in film with this thought-provoking picture.

About The Author

Mark Rappaport, a native of New York, worked as a film editor before making his own films, including The Scenic Route (1978), Impostors (1980), Postcards (1990) and Exterior Night (1994). His film-essays include Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992), From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) and The Silver Screen / Color Me Lavender (1998). Many of his articles on cinema have been published in the French film journal ‘Trafic’ over the years, as well as in ‘Cinema’. The spectator who knew too much is the first collection of his writings. In 2008, his photomontage film was screened for the first time at the Lincoln Center in New York, as part of the New York Film Festival. Mark Rappaport currently lives in Paris.

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