Starring Jane Fonda

Starring Jane Fonda

15 Episodes

Actor, activist, exercise guru, businesswoman, star of Hollywood hits and French art-house cinema alike—Jane Fonda has worn more hats than just about any performer of her generation and continues to be an outspoken fighter for social and environmental justice. Though she was born the daughter of Hollywood royalty, Fonda refused to rest on her famous name, training under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and parlaying her early successes in hits like the rollicking western comedy CAT BALLOU and the sci-fi cult extravaganza BARBARELLA into increasingly complex, challenging roles in acclaimed films such as the edgy neonoir KLUTE (for which she won her first best actress Oscar) and the prescient disaster thriller THE CHINA SYNDROME. The fact that Fonda, at the height of her stardom, was one of the most visible faces of the civil rights and antiwar movements—and even decamped to France to star in TOUT VA BIEN, a radical anticapitalist screed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin—puts Fonda virtually in a class by herself for her rare combination of superstar talent and fearless political conviction.

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Starring Jane Fonda
  • Starring Jane Fonda Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Walk on the Wild Side

    Episode 2

    Directed by Edward Dmytryk • 1962 • United States
    Starring Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda

    One of Saul Bass’s most iconic title sequences—in which a black cat slinks through a gritty urban nightscape—sets the lurid tone for this deliriously entertaining hothouse melodrama based on Nelson A...

  • La ronde

    Episode 3

    Directed by Roger Vadim • 1964 • France
    Starring Jane Fonda, Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy

    Having previously been filmed under the same title by Max Ophuls, Arthur Schnitzler’s once-controversial play “Reigen” got an appropriately scintillating update courtesy of swinging-sixties eroticist Rog...

  • Cat Ballou

    Episode 4

    Directed by Elliot Silverstein • 1965 • United States
    Starring Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan

    Jane Fonda got her star-making breakthrough role in this rollicking western spoof, in which she plays a prim schoolteacher who transforms herself into the avenging bandit Cat Ballou after her ra...

  • The Chase

    Episode 5

    Directed by Arthur Penn • 1966 • United States
    Starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford

    One year before his BONNIE AND CLYDE ushered in a new era of adventurous Hollywood filmmaking, Arthur Penn directed this all-star melodrama about a Southern town in the clutches of corruption, adapt...

  • Barefoot in the Park

    Episode 6

    Directed by Gene Saks • 1967 • United States
    Starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Charles Boyer

    The first of Neil Simon’s hit Broadway plays to make it to the big screen arrives with all its charm and wit intact thanks to a top-flight cast. Jane Fonda and Robert Redford are the odd-couple newlyw...

  • Spirits of the Dead

    Episode 7

    Directed by Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim • 1968 • France, Italy

    Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim each direct a tale from Edgar Allan Poe in this haunting anthology film.

  • Barbarella

    Episode 8

    Directed by Roger Vadim • 1968 • France, Italy
    Starring Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Marcel Marceau

    This outrageous blend of science fiction, high camp, and erotic fantasia made Jane Fonda a permanent cult icon. She is sensational as a wide-eyed space adventurer whose quest to track down a fame...

  • Letter to Jane

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin • 1972 • France

    Soon after completing TOUT VA BIEN, actor Jane Fonda returned to her political activism and visited North Vietnam. The appearance of the “Hanoi Jane” photograph in the French magazine “L’Express” inspired filmmakers Jean-Pierre Go...

  • Tout va bien

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin • 1972 • France, Italy
    Starring Jane Fonda, Yves Montand

    In 1972, newly radicalized Hollywood star Jane Fonda joined forces with cinematic innovator Jean-Luc Godard and collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin in an unholy artistic alliance that resulted i...

  • A Doll’s House

    Episode 11

    Directed by Joseph Losey • 1973 • United Kingdom
    Starring Jane Fonda, Edward Fox, Trevor Howard

    Jane Fonda’s leading role in the 1970s women’s movement made her a perfect choice to portray the heroine of Henrik Ibsen’s classic feminist play in this adaptation directed by Joseph Losey. Nora Helme...

  • Fun with Dick and Jane

    Episode 12

    Directed by Ted Kotcheff • 1977 • United States
    Starring George Segal, Jane Fonda, Ed McMahon

    Dick (George Segal) and Jane (Jane Fonda) are an upwardly mobile young couple building a picture-perfect life for themselves. They have an eleven-year-old son named Billy, a dog named Spot, a fine house...

  • California Suite

    Episode 13

    Directed by Herbert Ross • 1978 • United States
    Starring Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith

    Neil Simon’s smash Broadway farce hits the screen with a luminous all-star cast. Among the guests whose personal and romantic dilemmas intertwine over the course of their stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel ...

  • The China Syndrome

    Episode 14

    Directed by James Bridges • 1979 • United States
    Starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas

    Released less than two weeks before the reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island, this gripping, eerily prophetic thriller sketches a terrifying portrait of the risks of nuclear power. While researchi...

  • The Morning After

    Episode 15

    Directed by Sidney Lumet • 1986 • United States
    Starring Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Raul Julia

    Jane Fonda earned her seventh Academy Award nomination for her multilayered performance (modeled on the true-life tragedy of Hollywood starlet Gail Russell) in this riveting thriller directed by Sidney ...