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.
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A dynamic work of film criticism. A life extracted from Kuleshov Effect, diving into clips, archives and interpretations of a forgotten actress to bridge classicalism & modernism in both film and the American society it reflects and, on sadly rare occasion, tries to propel.
My first Mark Rappaport film and its a (difficult to find) masterpiece. Like Jean-Luc Godard's Historie(s) du Cinema, a fitting comparison considering he plays an important part in Seberg's life, Rappaport only needs pre-existing footage (on tape) of films to make a work far more deeper and cinematic than a 'glossier' movie. Its an intelligent, humorous and sad work that I wish was more easily available.
Had some intriguing editing and juxtapositions of information, but I found the director's mechanisms of putting the viewer in emotional moods a little too simplistic. And also I had a problem with the autobiographical aspect of it (an artifice I found hilarious at times). But anyway I think the film has intriguing parts.
A wonderful film essay w/limited appeal (people who like film essays/docs about film, Seberg fans). I don't pretend to understand Rappaport's casting of actors who look very little like the stars they're playing in this or RHHM but it doesn't distract or bother for me. I love how films like this turn writing into film art.