Rare Jane Fonda Documentary JANE Streams Exclusively on Sundancenow Doc Club!

SundanceNow Doc Club is now streaming the 1962 documentary JANE – following the young Jane Fonda as she tackles her early starring role in the Broadway play, The Fun Couple.

Despite less than stellar reviews, Fonda’s performance gives a glimpse of the star power she would soon come to wield.

JANE is exclusively streaming on SundanceNow Doc club as part of The Drew Associates Collection. Follow the jump for details.



The 1962 film from Drew Associates, pioneers of American cinema vérité, follows Jane Fonda’s turbulent early starring role on Broadway 


New York, NY (December 2, 2014) – SundanceNow Doc Club, the streaming video subscription service for documentary lovers, exclusively premiered online the rare documentary JANE on December 1 as part of The Drew Associates Collection. A clip of the film can be seen and downloaded here.


JANE, released in 1962, captures a rare and oft forgotten piece of film and theater history. A young Jane Fonda prepares for her tumultuous starring role on Broadway in “The Fun Couple.” The Drew Associates filmmakers, including the acclaimed D.A. Pennebaker, track Fonda’s every move during the production as she strives to legitimize herself as an actress and remove herself from the shadow of her father, Henry Fonda.


The film follows Jane through demanding rehearsals, testing the play for out-of-town audiences and, finally, opening night in New York. Though the show opens to devastating reviews, Jane’s love of acting, her determination and her resilience shine through the biting criticism. JANE thus captures the earliest stirrings of the star Jane Fonda would become.


JANE is one of the early gems produced by Drew Associates, the production company founded by Robert Drew in 1960 in which he assembled and led a team of legendary filmmakers including Ricky Leacock, Albert Maysles and Pennebaker. Together, they revolutionized the American documentary and brought an unprecedented level of realism to the genre.



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