Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Director: Mike Figgis, Saffron Burrows, Peter Mullan, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Cast: Mike Figgis, Saffron Burrows, Peter Mullan, Maria Doyle Kennedy

     
 

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August Strindberg's once-controversial play is brought to the screen in this adaptation directed and co-written by Mike Figgis. Miss Julie is set on the estate of a wealthy Swedish family in 1894, where the servants live a life of uncomfortable poverty while the masters of the house enjoy their riches. On Midsummer's Eve, the servants and the local peasants

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August Strindberg's once-controversial play is brought to the screen in this adaptation directed and co-written by Mike Figgis. Miss Julie is set on the estate of a wealthy Swedish family in 1894, where the servants live a life of uncomfortable poverty while the masters of the house enjoy their riches. On Midsummer's Eve, the servants and the local peasants have gathered for their traditional celebration, while one of the household cooks, Christine (Maria Doyle Kennedy), is waiting for her fiancé, a footman named Jean (Peter Mullan). However, Jean is intercepted by Miss Julie (Saffron Burrows), whose family owns the estate (and pays Jean's salary). She instructs Jean to change into a formal suit (which Miss Julie has borrowed from her father) and dance with her. Jean has little choice but to accept, and he finds himself slipping into an affair that both questions and affirms the traditional relationship between mistress and servant. This was the third screen translation of Miss Julie, following versions released in 1951 and 1972; it was also Figgis's second film of 1999, following the release of his experimental feature The Loss of Sexual Innocence.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In the hands of director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) August Strindberg's famous play, Miss Julie becomes an elegant and biting commentary on sexual gamesmanship between the classes. The beautiful Saffron Burrows is perfectly cast as Julie, the haughty patrician who allows herself to be seduced by Jean (Peter Mullan), her father's footman. Although engaged to a girl of his own class, Jean enjoys having Julie under his thumb and won't hesitate to turn the scandalous affair to his advantage. Figgis, no stranger to stories that explore the dark side of sexuality, doesn't flinch from the unsavory implications of Strindberg's play. Miss Julie is a period piece, but as directed by Figgis seems remarkably modern in depicting sexual politics at their most distasteful. It's an occasionally mannered but generally subtle drama that compels viewers to watch even as it repulses them -- a true testimony to its effectiveness.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
UPC:
0027616842930
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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