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May 20, 2009

Julia (1977) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 4:21 pm


julia_01Plot: From “Pentimento,” the memoirs of late playwright Lillian Hellman, JULIA covers those years in the 1930s when Lillian attained fame with the production of her first play “The Childrens’ Hour” on Broadway. Not surprisingly, it centers on Lillian’s relationship with her lifelong friend, Julia. It is a relationship that goes beyond mere acquaintance and one for which the word “love” seems appropriate. While Julia attends the University in Vienna, studying with such luminaries as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, Lillian suffers through revisions of her play with her mentor and sometimes lover Dashiel Hammett at a New England beachhouse. After becoming a celebrated playwright, Lillian is invited to a writers conference in Russia. Julia, having taken up the battle against fascism, enlists Lillian en route to smuggle money through Nazi Germany which will assist in the Anti-Fascist cause. It is a dangerous mission especially for a Jewish intellectual on her way to communist Russia…

10This film was recommended to me by my dad…he is very similar to me in that we both love WWII films.  The added bonus, was that this film was based on a true story.  The film itself wasn’t particularly gripping or exciting, but was definitely worth watching if you like WWII stories.  All I can say is that the lead perfomances of both Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda were outstanding and really made the film.

I recommend this film for film buffs/WWII fans and give it 3/5 stars. 

Ps. This was very similar to Brideshead Revisited in its homosexual undertones (obviously this one between two women instead of two men).


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