Being Julia

Being Julia

DVD - 2004
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This is a delicious tale of amorous folly and revenge set in the world of the London stage in the late 1930s. Based on the novel Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham, it is the story of reigning diva Julia Lambert whose success and fame grow suddenly wearisome. She falls head over heels for a young American, Tom, and begins a passionate May-December affair. When she realizes that Tom is just a young social climber whose real passion is ambitious young starlet Avice Crichton, Julia begins to plot a delightful revenge."
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2004
ISBN: 9781404970069
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4in
Additional Contributors: Bening, Annette
Irons, Jeremy 1948-


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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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