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Being Julia

August 24, 2010

Being Julia (2004)
Director: István Szabó
Actors: Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Shaun Evans

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Synopsis: The rise-fall-rise of Julia (Annette Bening) in the London theatrical scene of the 1930s.

Review: In its own limited way, the film generally works: as a frothy and undemanding pastiche of London’s thirties theatre scene. It would be stating the obvious to complain that the film lacks a certain cinematic verve (considering the material is based on a novella and set very much in the theatrical world) but the central narrative conceit about the inherent ‘diva’ within Annette Bening’s lead West End actress, Julia – whether on or off stage – is always played just the right side of irretrievable ripeness. (March 2006)

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