Letter To Jane + Introduction to the Enemy
DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD & JEAN-PIERRE GORIN
An acrid, yet wholly absorbing addendum to Tout va bien, this essay film finds Godard and Gorin scrutinizing a photo that ran in the French newsweekly L’Express of a somber-faced Fonda, seen meeting with North Vietnamese in Hanoi. The filmmakers, speaking in heavily accented English, conclude their semiotic inquiry with a withering indictment of their engagé subject: “One must realize that stars aren’t allowed to think.”
INTRODUCTION TO THE ENEMY
Haskell Wexler / 1974 / 60 mins / Digital
Wexler, with anti-war bona des of his own, lensed and directed this documentary, which follows Fonda, her husband Tom Hayden, and their infant son as they traverse North and South Vietnam—a bisection that many of the citizens Fonda speaks with refuse to accept—in the spring of ’74. The first project released by Fonda’s production company (Indochina Peace Campaign Films, later truncated to IPC Films), the chronicle endures as a sobering act of diplomacy.
Letter To Jane is screening as part of the Jane Fonda In The '70s series.