Julia

Julia

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Director: Fred Zinnemann

Cast: Fred Zinnemann, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards Jr.

     
 

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The film traces the lifelong relationship between playwright Lillian Hellman and Julia, a wealthy girl who turns her back on her upbringing to follow her ideals. In the 1930s, while the adult Hellman (Jane Fonda) struggles to establish herself as a playwright with the help of her lover, Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards), Julia (Vanessa Redgrave) battles the exigencies

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The film traces the lifelong relationship between playwright Lillian Hellman and Julia, a wealthy girl who turns her back on her upbringing to follow her ideals. In the 1930s, while the adult Hellman (Jane Fonda) struggles to establish herself as a playwright with the help of her lover, Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards), Julia (Vanessa Redgrave) battles the exigencies of the Nazi regime. Visiting Julia in Germany, Lillian realizes how much her friend's idealism has cost her, both physically and financially. Lillian is asked by Julia's friend Johann (Maximilian Schell) to smuggle a large sum of money from Paris to Germany, the better to combat the Nazis from within. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting awards, Julia won for Alvin Sargent's screenplay and Robards' and Redgrave's performances, leading to Redgrave's infamous "Zionist hoodlums" acceptance speech.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A 1970s "new" women's film starring two of the period's more outspoken activist actresses, Julia (1977) wistfully examines the power of female bonding as depicted in one of playwright Lillian Hellman's memoirs. Bookended by shots of Jane Fonda's aged Lillian meditating on her life, Julia unfolds in a series of occasionally over-gauzy flashbacks portraying the impact of two key figures on Hellman's existence. Even as Jason Robards' mentor/lover Dashiell Hammett is crucial to Lillian's 1930s success, it is Vanessa Redgrave's Resistance fighter Julia who proves to be the more powerful presence, whether as a memory or in the ethereal flesh. Regardless of the story's status as one of Hellman's infamous, ahem, embellishments of reality, Julia remains a compelling story of female friendship, particularly in Fonda's and Redgrave's intense hands. Director Fred Zinnemann surrounds the pair with a high-class period production that perfectly captures both Lillian's American salon society and Julia's war-torn Europe; Robards and Maximilian Schell make the most of their supporting roles. Julia's expert craft garnered 11 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and won three, allowing passionately left-wing, pro-PLO winner Redgrave to take her politics to the podium and make herself persona non grata at the Oscars.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
UPC:
0024543183204
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
9,506

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Lillian Hellman
Vanessa Redgrave Julia
Jason Robards Dashiell Hammett
Maximilian Schell Johann
Hal Holbrook Alan Campbell
Rosemary Murphy Dorothy Parker
Meryl Streep Anne Marie
Dora Doll Train Passenger
Elisabeth Mortensen Train Passenger
John Glover Sammy
Lisa Pelikan Young Julia
Susan Jones Young Lillian
Cathleen Nesbitt Grandmother
Maurice Denham Undertaker
Gerard Buhr Passport Officer
Don Koll First-Nighter at Sardi's
Shane Rimmer Customs Officer, New York Port Authority
Mark Metcalf Pratt
Stefan Gryff Hamlet
Molly Urquhart Woman
Antony Carrick Butler
Ann Queensbury Woman in Berlin Station
Edmond Bernard Man in Berlin Station
Jacqueline Staup Woman in Green Hat
Hans Verner Vienna Concierge
Christian de Tilière Paris Concierge

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Bernadine M. Anderson Makeup
Derek Ball Sound/Sound Designer
Colette Baudot Cinematographer,Costumes/Costume Designer
Alain Bonnot Asst. Director
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Margot Capelier Casting
Paddy Carey Camera Operator
Pierre Charron Set Decoration/Design
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Julien Derode Executive Producer
Carmen Dillon Production Designer
Marcel Durham Editor
George Frost Makeup
Lillian Hellman Original Story
Willy Holt Production Designer
Walter Murch Editor
Richard Roth Producer
Bill Rowe Sound/Sound Designer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Chic Waterson Camera Operator
Anthony Waye Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Julia
1. Main Titles [:10]
2. Pentimento [1:06]
3. Writer's Block [1:26]
4. Julia [4:18]
5. Going to Paris [:29]
6. It's Wrong [4:49]
7. The Perfect Time [1:02]
8. Back to Europe [:41]
9. A Friend in Need [1:44]
10. The Angst of Creativity [3:52]
11. The Toast of the Town [2:06]
12. Looking for Julia [3:42]
13. Julia's Request [3:25]
14. Dangerous Times [6:03]
15. On the Train [:19]
16. At the Border [5:51]
17. In Berlin [1:02]
18. Old Friends [5:06]
19. En Route to Vienna [2:30]
20. The Lost Trunk [1:33]
21. Sad News [6:22]
22. Looking for Lilly [:14]
23. Unhappy Homecoming [2:37]
24. End Titles [4:35]

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