Being Julia

Being Julia

DVD - 2005
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Julia is a true diva: beautiful, talented, wealthy and famous. She has a devoted husband who has masterminded her brillant career - but after years of the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom and longs for something new and exciting to put the twinkle back in her eye. She finds what she is looking for in a handsome young American fan, who adds a few more sparks than Julia was hoping for.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment : Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2005]
ISBN: 9781404970069
Branch Call Number: DVD BEING J
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: Closed-captioned


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Apr 03, 2017

All the world is indeed a stage in director István Szabó’s charming adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novella, and his immaculately primped protagonist glides through it as if she never left the theatre—unconsciously quoting lines while trying to hold an actual conversation and shocked to discover real tears on her cheeks as she feels genuine emotions for perhaps the first time in decades. Glittering sets and a shamelessly romantic score by Michael Danna, punctuated here and there by Cole Porter and Noel Coward, set the mood perfectly while Bening’s Oscar-nominated performance—culminating in a hilariously theatrical revenge—makes this an actress’ film through and through. Lambert may have her weaknesses but her years of experience and innate sense of self-preservation prove more than formidable for anyone trying to cross her—including a young upstart who fancies herself the next big star only to discover the reigning queen is nowhere near ready to abdicate. An ebullient celebration of one woman coming into her own whose humour is both thoughtful and intelligent and whose occasional forays into pure fancy (Michael Gambon plays Julia’s dead mentor who still coaches her from the sidelines) add just the right amount of magic.

rufus_red4 May 11, 2014

An absolutely beautiful to look at and painless soap opera. Annette Bening is luminous as a West End stage actress circa 1938. Though the sum of it's parts adds up to an almost overly sweet ending and some of the other characters are not fully developed, especially Jeremy Irons, it all gets wrapped into a nice little package, enjoyable.

Sep 19, 2011

A great movie based on Maugham's novel, Theatre.


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