Being Julia (2004)

It’s a film adaptation of Theatre, one of best novels by W. Somerset Maugham. I think the director adored the book and wanted to create a correct – well, let’s call it correct translation to the language of cinema. And as I am an admirer of the novel, I like very much this approach 🙂

Both movie and novel are about theatre people, about an actress who falls in love with an insignificant young man, and about theatre again. It’s a kind of competition: who will win, life or theatre?

All the actors work as one wonderful team. Maybe Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon are particularly good, but Annette Benning really surprised me – she was just splendid as Julia.

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Though the film is not about Belle Epoque (heroes live and act in 1938), it’s always a pleasure to see excellent actors in a good movie. And if you didn’t read Theatre before, read it. Maugham himself worked many years as dramatist and mentioned many interesting moments in his novel.


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