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135 Ratings


Directed by Brett Morgen
United States, 2017


Academy Award–nominated director Brett Morgen (On the Ropes) reconstitutes 50-year-old National Geographic footage into a poetic look at primatologist Jane Goodall, set to a magnificent score by Philip Glass.

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Jane Directed by Brett Morgen

Critics reviews

One of the year’s major documentaries, JANE serves as a wonderful introduction to Jane Goodall’s life and career but its storied subject shouldn’t overshadow its innovative method. This is a work that has more to teach filmmakers, editors, and historians than it does wildlife biologists. . . . Morgen takes this method to another level, not merely fluffing up and padding out the available footage but shaping it into a coherent and continuous grammar.
January 26, 2018
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Making Jane, Morgen had the rare privilege of access to over 100 hours of footage shot by Hugo van Lawick, renowned wildlife photographer and Goodall’s first husband. . . . Just as, in the film, Goodall asserts her belief in the importance both of fate and of hard work in the achievement of success, Morgen proves himself simultaneously profoundly lucky and diligently deserving of the gift of these hours of beautiful, candid footage, which he spent many months restoring to vivid colour and sound.
January 18, 2018
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Such editing-suite sleights of hand may displease purists, and so will an insistent score by Philip Glass, whose melodious montage glue has become something of a documentary cliché. But the flip side of such freehandedness is that “Jane,” like Mr. Morgen’s “Chicago 10” and “The Kid Stays in the Picture” (which he directed with Nanette Burstein), is involving and immediate. . . . “Jane” will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers.
October 18, 2017
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