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This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, the writer is recruited to smuggle funds into Germany to aid the anti-Nazi movement. Waiting in the wings is Lillian's lover and mentor, Dashiell Hammett, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment.Written by
Fred Zinnemann has directed several films about personal courage. Gary Cooper in "High Noon". Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster in "From Here to Eternity." Marlon Brando in "The Men." Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story." Paul Scofield in "A Man for All Seasons." and now Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave in "Julia." See more »
Director Fred Zinnemann was unaware that screenwriter Alvin Sargent had appeared in Zinnemann's earlier film, From Here to Eternity as the man who tells Prewitt of Maggio beaten to death by Fatso, until Sargent told him about it when both of them met in London before filming began. Zinnemann chose Sargent largely because his script, originally as a work sample, being the most impressive of all the samples sent by potential screenwriters that would be chosen for his supposed-to-be project. After reading the first 10 pages of an early draft, Zinnemann decided to abandon his earlier project and moved into this film instead. See more »
At the beginning of the film a calendar is seen showing the time as June, 1934. Yet months later, when Lillian is in Europe and reads about the riots which lead to an injury of her friend Julia, the American newspaper she reads has a date of Feb.,1934. See more »
By the way, I tried to see Julia again but she wouldn't see me. She's leading a strange life, pretending not to be rich. Doing something called anti-fa-, um, anti-fascist work. Didn't she drop out of medical school?
Do you ever hear from her? Well, I'm glad you had time to see me. You look so very slim, Lillian.
Thank you, Anne Marie.
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Fred Zinnemann's last great movie. Based on part of Lillian Hellman's memoir, the film stars Jane Fonda as Hellman as she recounts her friendship with the enigmatic JULIA, played by Vanessa Redgrave. Fonda is a bit too pretty to be entirely convincing as the homely Hellman, but she gives a gutsy performance, playing well with Redgrave and, to a greater degree, Jason Robards, who plays Dashell Hammett. Alvin Sargent's screenplay cleverly bends time, jumping back and forth as the story of Hellman's friendship with Julia is told. Zinnemann creates a melancholy feel that's sustained throughout. The movie has a deliberate pace not usually allowed in Hollywood. The excellent music by Georges Delerue is haunting and the cinematography by the under-appreciated Douglas Slocombe is beautiful. The supporting cast features Maximillian Schell, Cathleen Nesbitt as Julia's grandmother, Meryl Streep, Rosemary Murphy as Dorothy Parker and Hal Holbrook as Parker's husband Alan Campbell. They're all terrific with the exception of Holbrook, who tries to convey a witty raconteur, but only makes Campbell out to be a real jerk.
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