Will the real Jane Fonda please stand up? This catchphrase (from the old TV show To Tell the Truth), sums up the heart of master documentarian Susan Lacy’s definitive examination into the life and work of a true American icon who has always confounded labels and outpaced the zeitgeist. Girl next door, sex kitten, political activist, fitness tycoon, feminist, Academy Award winner—Jane Fonda has lived a life of controversy, tragedy, and transformation, all in the public eye.
Fonda opens her soul to Lacy in a blend of vulnerability, magnetism, and bravery, exposing her life and her missteps. She explores the pain of her mother’s suicide, her father’s emotional unavailability, 30 years of bulimia, and three marriages to high-profile, diametrically opposed men. Jane Fonda in Five Acts is a star-studded yet profoundly intimate look at one extraordinarily singular journey. Lacy’s film, as its title implies, is structured into five parts. The first four are named for men in Fonda’s life. It’s in the fifth act that the real Jane Fonda stands up.
Sat. 1/20, 2:15 p.m., MARC, PC
Sun. 1/21, 9:00 a.m., Ray, PC
Mon. 1/22, 6:00 p.m., SLC Library, SLC
Fri. 1/26, 9:30 p.m., Redstone 1, PC
Sat. 1/27, 6:45 p.m., Broadway 3, SLC
Susan Lacy is the creator and former executive producer of PBS’s American Masters. During her tenure Lacy produced over 215 documentaries and directed multiple films, including portraits of David Geffen, Judy Garland, and Leonard Bernstein. In 2013 she started Pentimento Productions and is now working as an independent producer and director—most recently premiering Spielberg, the first in a multi-picture deal with HBO.