Julia (1977)

PG   |    |  Drama


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At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.


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27 February 2006 | arturus
10
| Serious, splendidly done drama
This was one of the best pictures I had ever seen when it was first released, and after almost thirty years, I still think so, especially after watching the steady decline in quality of product that the film industry has turned out since.

Gorgeously photographed, costumed and written, with some of the finest acting on film, "Julia" succeeds in capturing the texture and truly world shattering issues of a time and place, Europe between the wars and on the brink of cataclysm. Everything about it shines, from the scenes of childhood in flashback to the suspenseful and tense train trip, I watch this film over and over waiting for one scene: the scene between Fonda and Redgrave in the Berlin restaurant. I just saw it again two hours ago and once again I was in awe of the acting, from both stars, some of the finest work of their careers, the direction of the scene and the spare, intense writing.

Whether the story itself was factual or not (Hellman might just have made it all up!) it works on so many levels that it's still worthy, and its truth or falsity just doesn't matter.

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Release Date:

8 January 1978

Language

English, French, German, Russian


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Winterton on Sea , Norfolk , England

Box Office

Budget:

$7,840,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,714,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,714,400

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