Julia

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Released 1977

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Director:
Fred Zinnemann
Released:
1977
Rating:
PG
Julia recreates the true story of childhood friends reuniting in the politically charged atmosphere of 1930's Europe from playwright Lillian Hellman's memoir "Pentimento." Having reached an impasse with her writing and her relationship with crime writer Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards), Lillian (Jane Fonda) accepts an invitation to Moscow for a writer's conference. A childhood friend, Julia (Vanessa Redgrave), contacts her and asks her to undertake a dangerous request to deliver funds to an anti-fascist group. The journey provides an opportunity for Hellman to reflect on their lifelong friendship, and the character of her dear friend, who has rejected a life of privilege to fight the imminent Nazi threat. The 1977 drama exquisitely captures a time and place, and explores what we are willing to risk for love. Among the remarkable cast, Robards and Redgrave won well-deserved Oscars for supporting performances. Movie buffs will enjoy seeing a young Meryl Streep in her first film role as Anne Marie, a friend of Julia's.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety

    Fred Zinnemann's superbly sensitive film explores the anti-Nazi awakening in the 1930s of writer Lillian Hellman via persecution of a childhood friend, portrayed in excellent chara...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Julia is the story of a fascinating woman, told from the point of view of someone who hardly knew her. That is, I realize, an unkind judgment against Lillian Hellman, whose wartime...

  • 40

    Time Out London

    Zinnemann blows it most of all in the Fonda-Redgrave relationship, and no credibility is given to Hellman's ferocious talent and dominant personality.

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Historical, Biography