Jane Fonda is in Cannes to honor her father, Henry, at the homage screening of Sydney Lumet’s 1957 film, 12 Angry Men. She was given a standing ovation as she made her way to the stage on the arm of Gilles Jacob. She addressed the crowd in French extending her appreciation to the Festival for this evening and especially for having chosen this particular film in which Henry Fonda plays the member of a 12-person jury, the member who brings forth the dissenting vote that would ultimately turn the trial around. She talked about the values of justice that were also emblematic of her father.
Henry Fonda was associated with John Ford in such notable films as The Grapes of Wrath in 1940 and My Darling Clementine in 1946. After several years devoted to the stage, 12 Angry Men (Golden Bear at Berlin Festival in 1957) marked his return to the silver screen. In 1962 and 1965, he came to the Festival alongside Otto Preminger for Advise & Consent, and then Harm’s Way. In 1969, Sergio Leone cast Henry Fonda in the role of the bad guy in Once Upon a Time in the West. In 1978, he came to Cannes with Billy Wilder for Fedora. A mythical actor of the golden age of Hollywood motion pictures, Henry Fonda received the Oscar for Best Actor in 1982 for his performance in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond.