From the Journals of Jean Seberg

(Mark Rappaport, USA, 1995)


Mark Rappaport‘s witty, moving and incisive essay-film – the best in this genre since Chris Marker’s Sunless (1982) – builds an elaborate intellectual conceit around the short and troubled career of actor Jean Seberg.

Ranging from the editing experiments of Soviet cinema to the iconic male image of Clint Eastwood, Rappaport offers a meditation which mixes bitchy gossip, dreamlike reverie and exemplary film analysis.

Seberg (Mary Beth Hurt), from beyond the grave, describes Godard’s À bout de souffle (1960) as “an extended close-up of two people who will never get to know each other, or themselves, any more than the viewer does”.

A sheerly pleasurable, deeply political, exhilaratingly cinematic gem.

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© Adrian Martin August 1996

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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