Among the splendid choices made to compile who are considered '100 years of 100 great women' in 1999, Jane Fonda is among them most appropriately. To focus upon a militaristic bias against the woman, the actor, the interviewee, the producer, the daughter & the sister (probably much more), is just that highly biased from a position of living in the past. As if time doesn't move on. . . .
The content of this film is terrific for various audiences. It reveals women's history, by women, and centers upon what matters most to women. I find that this is a film that I like to watch over & again because the morsels of detail are so abundant that I can't help but need to review the film to remind me of them.
Ms. Fonda won an Oscar for her role in "Coming Home," for portraying the significant woman who helped a war veteran with disabilities heal emotionally enough to regain his desire to live.
There have been many men & women in the 21st century who openly & vociferously US troops being risked in the Bush-Cheney fiascoes in the Middle East. Thank goodness for them & for freedom of speech.
In relation to this film, thank goodness so many great women have taken public stands for & against the violations of the war. I recall the "Hollywood Canteen" that Bette Davis inspired, led & ran to boost the moral of troops on leave during WWII. The multitudes of women who have stood together against men of war--such as Virginia Woolf. Or those who risked their lives & still do, because men are too trigger-happy & foolish to resolve political conflicts, nonviolently.
Hopefully, when November 2008 arrives & the US citizens respond to the very simple choice between ideologies, we will choose to make friends of people who believe we are there enemies rather than making them our enemies by making war against them.
Perhaps with the input of more women, like those in this film, that violence which poses a threat to every citizen that war has created would not have even been started.
Why single out one great woman among the many who have taken very strong stands to oppose war? Today, for instance, we have Jessica Lange & Susan Sarandon among the most notable women in show business who strive like other US citizens are doing by the millions to end the insane violence that has already become "Vietnam II." I celebrate the freedom of every woman's voice that holds the violence of authority accountable to the people they do not represent.
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