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From the Journals of Jean Seberg

Director:  Mark Rappaport
Year Released:  1995
Rating:  3.0

Thought-provoking film essay by Rappaport dealing with the life and career of the late actress Jean Seberg, who committed suicide at the age of 40 because of a dodgy investigation by the FBI - here, "Seberg's story" is told by Mary Beth Hurt (the same way Eric Farr provided Rock Hudson's point-of-view in Rock Hudson's Home Movies). I'm not exactly positive how much of this is accurate and how much is fabricated - it does take liberties with the material - and it doesn't go into details of Hoover and the Feds' (illegal) investigation of her and the Black Panthers, but it is valuable as a (feminist) story about a Young Woman in Hollywood and how she was manipulated by powerful men (including Romain Gary and Otto Preminger) and made to look like a crazy nymph on screen. I've always been fascinated by the life (and tragic death) of Natalie Wood ... it would be interesting to see what Rappaport could do with that mystery.

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