Monday, February 13, 2017

Julia (1977)

Academy Awards, USA 1978

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jason Robards
Jason Robards was not present at the ceremony. Presenters Maggie Smith and Michael Caine accepted the award on his behalf.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Vanessa Redgrave
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Alvin Sargent
Best Picture
Richard Roth
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jane Fonda
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Maximilian Schell
Best Director
Fred Zinnemann
Best Cinematography
Douglas Slocombe
Best Costume Design
Anthea Sylbert
Best Film Editing
Walter Murch
Marcel Durham
Best Music, Original Score
Georges Delerue

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Twilight Time)

Childhood friends Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave maintain close ties as adults despite being separated by the demands of work. Jane eventually finds success as a playwright with the help of sometime lover Jason Robards, while Vanessa gets involved with the fight against Nazis. She convinces Jane to smuggle money into Germany while passing through by train. There are some truly tense moments during this sequence of events. Douglas Slocombe's photography can be breathtaking. However, the characters are underdeveloped, particularly the relationship between the two girls which is crucial to the plot, and as a result the finished product is unsatisfying.

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