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From "Pentimento," the memoirs of late playwright Lillian Hellman, JULIA covers those years in the 1930s when Lillian attained fame with the production of her first play "The Children's Hour" on Broadway. Not surprisingly, it centers on Lillian's relationship with her lifelong friend, Julia. It is a relationship that goes beyond mere acquaintance and one for which the word "love" seems appropriate. While Julia attends the University in Vienna, studying with such luminaries as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, Lillian suffers through revisions of her play with her mentor and sometimes lover Dashiell Hammett at a New England beach house. After becoming a celebrated playwright, Lillian is invited to a writers' conference in Russia. Julia, having taken up the battle against fascism, enlists Lillian to smuggle money through Nazi Germany which will assist in the Anti-Fascist cause. It is a dangerous mission especially for a Jewish intellectual on her way to communist Russia. During a brief... Written by
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The film "Julia" is one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. Vanessa Redgrave is not often given the credit she deserves for this film. I believe that it is her finest performance on film. Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, and Maximilian Schell also give stunning performances. Something that amazes me about this film is Lisa Pelikan's portrayal of a younger Julia. Her voice, her mannerisms and her all around screen presence is truly reminiscent of Redgrave. Normally younger counterparts in film seem nothing at all like the older version. The entire film just blows me away.
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