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JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS
September 24, 2018  | By David Bianculli

HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Susan Lacy, who ran American Masters for so many years, is the woman behind this documentary, which is original in structure and touching in its honesty. Instead of dividing Jane Fonda’s life into segments devoted to her films, or her various causes, the first four of  Five Acts in the title are assigned to prominent men in her life: father Henry, and husbands Tom Hayden, Roger Vadim, Ted Turner. The final act, fittingly, is her own. And while the films in which Fonda starred are shown sparingly, and not even sampled at enough length to give the full measure of her development and talent, Jane Fonda in Five Acts is so truthful and evocative, and it’s because of the honesty and self-reflection in Fonda’s own running commentary of her very storied and varied life. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.

 
 
 
 
 
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