Jane Fonda AFI Life Achievement Award Retrospective
April 20-June 25
ON GOLDEN POND
Jane Fonda will be presented with the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute on Thursday, June 5, in Los Angeles, to be broadcast on TNT later that month, with encore airings to follow on sister network Turner Classics Movies (TCM).
"Jane Fonda is American film royalty," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees. "A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon. Today she stands tall among the giants of American film, and it is AFI's honor to present Jane Fonda with its 42nd Life Achievement Award."
The Academy Award®-winning actor of KLUTE (1971) and COMING HOME (1978), Fonda has starred in more than 40 films since her screen debut. Spanning decades, her diverse career features celebrated comedies—including CAT BALLOU (1965) and NINE TO FIVE (1980)—as well as powerful dramatic performances such as THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? (1969), JULIA (1977), THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979), THE MORNING AFTER (1986) and ON GOLDEN POND (1981), in which she starred with her father, Henry Fonda, the AFI Life Achievement Award recipient in 1978. More recently, Fonda appeared in Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER (2013), and currently stars in Aaron Sorkin's HBO series, THE NEWSROOM.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films
This heartwarming family drama, adapted by Ernest Thompson from his own hit play, focuses on the life of the aging Thayers, Ethel and Norman (Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda), about to spend their 48th summer at their beloved New England country home. But this summer, their estranged daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) pays a visit, and soon a lifetime of grudges, resentments and family secrets will get a full airing. Three Oscar wins, including Best Actress for Hepburn, Best Actor for Fonda and Best Screenplay by Thompson.
DIR Mark Rydell; SCR Ernest Thompson, from his play; PROD Bruce Gilbert. US, 1981, color, 109 min, DCP. RATED PG
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Admission is FREE!
Tickets will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.
Sun, Apr 20, 4:00
Famous for its Saul Bass-directed opening title sequence featuring a prowling black cat—and its over-the-top camp appeal—WALK ON THE WILD SIDE boosted the career of a young starlet named Jane Fonda. During the depths of the Depression, Texan dirt farmer Dove Linkhorn (Laurence Harvey) heads to New Orleans hoping to track down his long-lost girlfriend Hallie Gerard (Capucine). On the bus ride there, he meets Kitty Twist (Fonda), who goes to work at the Doll House, a brothel run by sadistic madam Jo Courtney (Barbara Stanwyck), whose star attraction turns out to be none other than Hallie.
DIR Edward Dmytryk; SCR John Fante, Edmund Morris, from the novel by Nelson Algren; PROD Charles K. Feldman. US, 1962, b&w, 114 min, 35mm. NOT RATED
Sat, Apr 26, 11:00 a.m.; Wed, Apr 30, 9:30
Cat Ballou is all ball! It's that way-out whopper of a funny western...a she-bang to end all she-bangs! Lee Marvin won the Best Actor Oscar for his dual role as the fearsome, noseless gunfighter Tim Strawn and the hapless Kid Shelleen, formerly a gunman of some repute but now a drunken has-been. Catherine Ballou (Jane Fonda) returns home to Wolf City, Wyoming, from schooling in the East and soon must avenge the death of her rancher father Frankie (John Marley), murdered by Strawn. Strapping on her six-shooters, "Cat" Ballou becomes an avenging angel. With Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye as balladeering duo/Greek chorus.
DIR Elliot Silverstein; SCR Walter Newman, Frank Pierson, from the novel "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" by Roy Chanslor; PROD Harold Hecht. US, 1965, color, 97 min, 35mm. NOT RATED
Sun, Apr 27, 11:00 a.m.; Wed, Apr 30, 7:30
All hell breaks loose in the Texas town of Tarl after Charlie "Bubber" Reeves (Robert Redford) busts out of prison. It seems everyone's got a reason to fear the outlaw, from his old foe Edwin Stewart (Robert Duvall) to his cheating wife Anna (Jane Fonda) to his best friend Jake Rogers (James Fox), now Anna's lover. It falls to Sheriff Calder (Marlon Brando) to keep heads cool and bring Bubber to justice. But this town is spoiling for a fight. One year before the landmark BONNIE AND CLYDE, filmmaker Arthur Penn transformed Horton Foote's stage play into a violent cinematic spectacle, abetted by John Barry's propulsive score. The starry cast includes E. G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Martha Hyer and Miriam Hopkins.
DIR Arthur Penn; SCR Lillian Hellman, from the play by Horton Foote; PROD Sam Spiegel. US, 1966, color, 135 min, 35mm. NOT RATED
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Fri, May 2, 9:00; Wed, May 7, 7:05
Neil Simon made the leap from stage to screen with this screenwriting debut, an adaption of his own hit Broadway play. Reuniting with Robert Redford a year after THE CHASE, Jane Fonda and Redford play newlyweds adjusting to married life in New York City. An odd couple, Fonda is the lighthearted free spirit to Redford's buttoned-up lawyer. Struggling to adapt to their tiny fifth-story walkup in Greenwich Village, the couple soon end up on the brink of divorce. But one drunken evening and a barefoot walk in the park might be enough to bring them back together.
DIR Gene Saks; SCR Neil Simon, from his play; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1967, color, 106 min, DVD. NOT RATED
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?
Sun, May 11, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, May 13, 7:05
"Yowza, yowza, yowza!" Money brings out the worst in people, as a dance marathon in Depression-era Santa Monica with a promised purse of $1,500 devolves into a month-long, sadomasochistic debacle. Gig Young won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the obnoxious, manipulative emcee; among the dancing hopefuls are hard-edged cynic Jane Fonda, drifter Michael Sarrazin, hayseed Bruce Dern and his pregnant wife Bonnie Bedelia, sailor Red Buttons and Hollywood hopeful Susannah York. Stylishly directed by Sydney Pollack, with dynamic, mobile cameras and distinctive use of dreamy, disorienting flash-forwards.
DIR Sydney Pollack; SCR James Poe, Robert E. Thompson, from the novel by Horace McCoy; PROD Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff. US, 1969, color, 120 min, 35mm. RATED PG-13
Mon, May 19, 9:30; Wed, May 21, 6:45
Jane Fonda stars as the titular space hero in this swinging '60s sci-fi cult classic directed by Fonda's then-husband Roger Vadim. In the far-off future of the 410th century, Barbarella is tasked by the President of Earth to locate rogue scientist Durand-Durand in the distant Tau Ceti region and destroy his invention, the deadly Positronic Ray, before it can fall into the wrong hands. Packing an array of stunning space suits, she zooms off in her discotheque-design-inspired spaceship, finally crash-landing at her destination. There, Barbarella enlists the aid of a succession of strapping aliens—the rough-hewn scout Mark Hand (Ugo Tognazzi), the angelic birdman Pygar (John Phillip Law) and the rebel leader Dildano (David Hemmings) to help her on a mission, all of whom she repays for their kindness with space-age free love. Based on the adult bande dessinée by Jean-Claude Forest, this is cartoonish, campy fun and solidified Fonda as the sex symbol of a generation.
DIR/SCR Roger Vadim; SCR Terry Southern, Jean-Claude Forest, from his comic; PROD Dino De Laurentiis. France/Italy, 1968, color, 98 min, DCP. RATED PG
Fri, May 23, 9:20; Sun, May 25, 9:15
Hal Ashby's sensitive depiction of the plight of Vietnam veterans, contending with broken bodies, spirits and homes, in a climate of disillusionment and indifference, earned eight Oscar nominations, with wins for Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and the screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones. Also starring Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford and Robert Carradine.
DIR Hal Ashby; SCR Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones; PROD Jerome Hellman. US, 1978, color, 127 min, 35mm. RATED R
Investigating the disappearance of his friend, Pennsylvania private eye John Klute (Donald Sutherland) follows a lead to New York City and begins tailing Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda, in an Oscar-winning performance), an aspiring actress, avowedly independent woman and sometime call girl. After carefully observing Bree's routine amid the danger and decadence of early '70s Manhattan, Klute approaches her to ask about the missing man, Tom Gruneman. Bree doesn't recall Gruneman being one of her johns, but confesses to Klute that she's been receiving threats from another one. Thrown together by circumstance, the detective and the call girl become increasingly dependent on—and attracted to—one another, even as the unwanted blowback of Bree's lifestyle puts her in mortal danger.
DIR/PROD Alan J. Pakula; SCR Andy Lewis, Dave Lewis. US, 1971, color, 114 min, 35mm. RATED R
FUN WITH DICK AND JANE
Sat, May 31, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, Jun 3, 9:00
After years of living beyond their means, the Harpers hit a rough patch when Dick (George Segal) loses his high-paying job. Unable and/or unwilling to cut costs or find suitable new employment, he and high-living wife Jane (Jane Fonda) settle upon a new career: armed robbery. Keeping up with the Joneses has never been this thrilling. Caustic '70s social satire from the underrated Ted Kotcheff (WAKE IN FRIGHT, THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ, NORTH DALLAS FORTY, FIRST BLOOD).
DIR Ted Kotcheff; SCR David Giler, Jerry Belson, Mordecai Richler; PROD Peter Bart, Max Palevsky. US, 1977, color, 95 min, 35mm. RATED PG
NINE TO FIVE
Fri, Jun 6, 9:15; Sat, Jun 7, 11:00 a.m.
Undervalued and underpaid secretaries Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton take on their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss Dabney Coleman in this hilarious workplace farce. Fed up with their boss's provocations and abuse, the secretaries revolt, taking the male chauvinist pig hostage and forcing him to agree to flex time, day care, equal pay and more.
DIR/SCR Colin Higgins; SCR Patricia Resnick; PROD Bruce Gilbert. US, 1980, 110 min, DCP. RATED PG
AGNES OF GOD
Sun, Jun 8, 11:00 a.m.; Mon, Jun 9, 9:30
Faith and reason clash in Norman Jewison's procedural adaptation of John Peilmeier's stage play. After a secret pregnancy, young convent nun Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly) gives birth, with the strangled newborn found in her private quarters shortly afterwards. With the naïve and possibly unstable nun claiming to have no recollection of the pertinent events, and suggesting that the hand of God may be at work, the local court appoints psychiatrist Dr. Martha Livingston (Jane Fonda) to investigate. Livingston must delicately coax information not only from Agnes but formidable Mother Superior Miriam Ruth (Anne Bancroft). Oscar nominations for Bancroft, Tilly and for Georges Delerue's score. The wintry Canadian landscapes were filmed by Ingmar Bergman regular Sven Nykvist.
DIR/PROD Norman Jewison; SCR John Pielmeier, from his play; PROD Patrick Palmer. US, 1985, color, 98 min, 35mm. RATED PG-13
Lillian Hellman (Jane Fonda) becomes embroiled in anti-fascist intrigue on a trip through Europe in the mid-1930s in this suspenseful drama directed by Fred Zinnemann, nominated for 11 Oscars. A struggling playwright, Lillian finally breaks through with "The Children's Hour" in 1934, thanks to the guidance and support of her lover, the hard-boiled novelist Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards). En route to a writer's conference in the Soviet Union, Lillian encounters her childhood friend Julia (Vanessa Redgrave), who enlists her in a plot to smuggle money to the anti-Nazi underground. Oscar wins for Redgrave, Robards and Alvin Sargent's screenplay; also the big-screen debut of Meryl Streep (now an 18-time Oscar nominee and 3-time winner).
DIR Fred Zinnemann; SCR Alvin Sargent, from the story by Lillian Hellman; PROD Richard Roth. US, 1977, color, 118 min, 35mm. RATED PG
TOUT VA BIEN aka ALL'S WELL
Jean-Luc Godard made a return, of sorts, to narrative filmmaking with this 1972 political farce, after four years of co-authoring experimental documentaries with Jean-Pierre Gorin (his co-director here) as the Dziga Vertov Group. Jane Fonda is an American radio journalist living in France with her burnt-out filmmaker husband Yves Montand, once a leading figure in the nouvelle vague, now slumming it as a TV commercial director. On assignment investigating conditions at a sausage factory, the couple get caught in the crossfire of a wildcat strike, with the strikers lashing out against both the management and their union representation. As tensions rise, the couple's own union, already fraying, begins to further unravel.
DIR/SCR Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin; PROD Jean-Pierre Rassam. France/Italy, 1972, color, 95 min, 35mm. NOT RATED
Tue, Jun 24, 9:15 canceled; Wed, Jun 25, 9:15;
Sun, Jun 29, 7:20–just added!