Jane Fonda in Five Acts

2018 | USA | NR | 133 min.


State Theatre Wed, Aug 1, 2018 6:00 PM
Central High School Auditorium Thu, Aug 2, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:133 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Susan Lacy
Produced by:Susan Lacy
Jessica Levin
Emma Pildes
Cinematography:Samuel Painter
Editing By:Benjamin Gray
Cast:Jane Fonda
Robert Redford
Lily Tomlin


Like many women, Jane Fonda spent much of her life labeled by the way others saw her—girl next door, activist, feminist, sex kitten, daughter, wife—before finally emerging as the fierce and determined actress who, now in her 80s, is creating some of her best work. This is the compelling trajectory of Susan Lacy’s insightful and timely biography of a talented woman as celebrated as she is underestimated, and a story that resonates even more so in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Told with the first four acts tethered to the major men in her life (from her father, Henry Fonda, to her three husbands) the film dissects how these charismatic figures captivated and inspired her and yet kept her often locked firmly in their control. Through intimate glimpses of home movies and interviews, the film explores Fonda’s darkest moments including her decades-long battle with bulimia as well as her biggest triumphs, and culminates in a final act centered on the bold and brilliant Jane she finally becomes. A not-to-be-missed film that will no doubt inspire another generation of girls to fight the patriarchy and seize control of their own lives. IN PERSON: Jane Fonda (Wed), Director Susan Lacy, Producer Emma Pildes.