Being Julia

Directed By: István Szabó Starring: Annette Bening Jeremy Irons

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Actress julia lambert is at her peak but longs for novelty and excitement. Tom is a younger man who claims to be her biggest fan. Finding his ardor irresistible, she embarks on a passionate affair. Life becomes more daring and exciting, until her young lover tries to relegate her to a supporting role.


Studio Sony
SKU 40706667
UPC 043396091740
UPC 14 00043396091740
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note As she enters her early 40s, London theater actress Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) starts having a nervous breakdown. She still rules the West End, but is growing too old for ingenue parts. When Tom Fennell (Shaun Evans), an adoring lad half her age, comes into her life, a clandestine affair begins. Though she's happy for a while, Julia eventually winds up in a face-off with a Tom's other, much younger lover (Lucy Punch). Luckily, the spirit of Julia's cantankerous old acting coach (London theater legend Michael Gambon) follows Julia around offering some tough-love encouragement.^Set in the late 1930s, this is a fine costume comedy-drama about the sorrows and joys of art. The eternal question of "when am I acting and when am I myself?" has seldom been addressed as intelligently as it is here; Bening seems to be not only tangling with her own status as an aging beauty, but also with the limits of her own acting abilities, and it's a pleasure to see her transcend both with such triumphant exuberance. Bravo, Miss Bening, and kudos to director Szabó (MEPHISTO) for rendering his obvious love of theater, cinema, and actors with such contagious warmth. Other fine performances include Jeremy Irons as Julia's manager/husband and Juliet Stevens as her jaded maid.
New York Times "Ms. Bening shows both fragility and dignity, managing a hectic plot with glamour and aplomb." 10/15/2004 p.E14
Los Angeles Times "Bening and a lustrous ensemble cast have brought to vivid life W. Somerset Maugham's 1937 novella THEATRE....They have done so with such verve and panache that this film can never be described as merely a romp or a star vehicle." 10/15/2004 p.E6
Entertainment Weekly "[I]t has enough surprises to keep you guessing, and for Annette Bening it's the liveliest of comebacks." 10/22/2004 p.72
Sight and Sound "It is an expert performance from Bening, combining coquetry, lust, anger, sarcasm, vulnerability and hauteur..." 12/01/2004 p.36
Movieline's Hollywood Life "BEING JULIA finds old-fashioned fun in a 1937 W. Somerset Maugham novella..." 12/01/2004 p.103
Wall Street Journal "Of the many gifts that Annette Bening brings to her best roles, the most endearing may be a sense of self-enjoyment....This quality shines through every one of her scenes in BEING JULIA." 05/07/2010
István Szabó
Annette Bening
Jeremy Irons
Cast & Crew
Annette Bening - Actor
Istvan Szabo - Director
Jeremy Irons - Actor
Lajos Koltai - Cinematographer
Leigh Lawson - Actor
Mark Milln - Executive Producer
Michael Gambon - Actor
Mychael Danna - Musical Score
Robert Lantos - Producer
Ronald Harwood - Writer
Shaun Evans - Actor
Susan Shipton - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 09174
UPC 00043396091740
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Oscar (2005) Annette Bening, Nominee, Best Actress
Golden Globe (2005) Annette Bening, Winner, Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild (2005) Annette Bening, Nominee, Best Actress
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Not having read the source material, I can't speak to the faithfulness of the adaptation. But I can
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Annette Bening can act -- watch American Beauty or Bugsy or The Grifters -- but
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Bening,Annette
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle's the glorious Annette Bening who hoists this flawed production on her mink-wrapped shoulders and makes it work.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The pleasures are in the actual presence of the actors, Bening most of all...

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