Saturday, June 30, 2012


Back in the day, documentary films were "real" films but along with their becoming a full blown genre of their own we now have 6 trillion shit documentaries that were made by TV directors using whatever old footage they had lying around in their stations' archives. Over the last couple of days I've watched JEAN SEBERG AMERICAN ACTRESS (Switzerland, 1995) twice and it's so cool to watch a proper doc.

Jean Seberg played the American girl in Jean-Luc Godard's BREATHLESS (aka À bout de souffle) from 1960. She made films in both the US and France. She was involved with the Black Panther movement and got the FBI and CIA on her back. In 1979 she was murdered in Paris and dumped in a car. The inefficient French police wrote it off as suicide. The documentary has a kind of sadness to it that goes well hand in hand with Jean Seberg's sad and ultimately tragic life. I don't know if the film is available on DVD or VHS, I taped my copy off TV.