Friday, October 7, 2011

Fonda on Fonda

Henry Fonda was an actor who brought a relatable sincerity to the screen, playing roles that carried truth that people could identify with. In this retrospective, his daughter Jane lovingly reflects on her personal relationship with him and takes us through his classic films, which includes "The Grapes of Wrath", "The Lady Eve", "Fort Apache", "12 Angry Men" , "Mister Roberts", "Once Upon a Time in the West", and "On Golden Pond". Other family members including wife Shirlee and son Peter, as well as collaborators and friends James Stewart, Sidney Lumet, and Katharine Hepburn share their warm thought and remembrances of the actor as well. Whenever I watch a Henry Fonda picture, I never get the sense that he's putting on airs and get the feeling that I am watching the genuine article. According to testimonies here, it seems like that assessment isn't too far off the mark.