#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 1938. Julia Lambert and Michael Gosselyn are the royal couple of the London theater scene, Julia an actress and Michael a former actor who took over running the theater and its troupe upon the passing of their mentor, Jimmie Langton. Jimmie is still constantly with Julia in spirit as she navigates through life. Besides their work, Julia and Michael lead largely separate lives, they long ago having stopped a sexual relationship. Julia of late has been feeling disenchanted with her life, she not wanting to admit it’s because she is approaching middle age. Her disenchantment manifests itself in wanting Michael to close their current production early so that she can recharge her juices, something he is reluctant to do if only for not wanting to let the theater sit empty. What Julia ends up doing instead is embarking on an affair with Tom Fennel, an adoring young American who is young enough to be her son. As Julia and Tom’s relationship progresses, the more she falls in love with him and becomes dependent upon him for her happiness. But as she finds out that Tom is not as innocent and shy as he first made himself to seem, she may learn that Tom cannot be that direct conduit to happiness and fulfillment at this stage in her life. However, she may find an avenue through Tom that may truly reenergize herself for herself.
Plot: Julia Lambert is a true diva: beautiful, talented, weathly and famous. She has it all – including a devoted husband who has mastermined her brilliant career – but after years of shining in the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom and longs for something new and exciting to put the twinkle back in her eye. Julia finds exactly what she’s looking for in a handsome young American fan, but it isn’t long before the novelty fling adds a few more sparks than she was hoping for. Fortuately for her, this surprise twist in the plot will thrust her back into the greatest role of her life.
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Annette Bening shining
a film who must see. for cast, off course, but, in same measure, for the story. for Annette Bening giving an extraordinary role. and, sure, for Shaun Evans who represents a revelation. a film about marriage, theater, love, compromises, need to escape from ordinary life circles and the revenge. a film who, at the first sigh, gives nothing new. but who impress. for an inspired way to build, step by step, in each detail, a shining world. the humor and the science of Annette Bening to do a gorgeous role. two motifs to enjoy “Being Julia”.
Seeing that most people have already trudged the ground concerning the obvious influence that ‘All About Eve’ lords over this film, let us move past this area for just a minute. Not only does ‘Being Julia’ walk the same ground as ‘All About Eve’, its footprints can also be found in many other movies as well, movies like, ‘The Boyfriend’ and ‘Day For Night’ and to a much smaller degree, ‘My Favorite Year’. Each of these movies provides a fantastic behind the scenes look at how entertainers and artists live and love behind the curtain. Each one provides insight into an aging star’s last gasp at greatness or a budding stars rise. However, this is where the comparisons should end. I don’t feel it’s necessary to point out that ‘Being Julia’ isn’t as good as ‘All About Eve’, not too many films can boast of that claim anyway. What should be pointed out are the many fine performances from its cast, most notably from Annette Bening.
What other American actress, as beautiful or as talented, could fulfill the requirements necessary to play Julia Lambert, the beautiful aging star of the stage? The role of Julia Lambert provides for the actress playing her, a myriad of roles within a role. Julia has a separate life on stage and off stage as well as with her husband (Jeremy Irons) or with her dresser (Juliet Stevenson). Julia is hailed as a British actress, yet she hails from New Jersey. Even her son (Tom Sturridge) condemns her many different faces by saying, “you have a performance for everybody, I don’t think you even exist”.
Being Julia is about a woman on her own road toward self-discovery. Along the way she becomes reawakened by young love and falls back into the girl she was before acting took a hold of her. Of course this newly found love turns to betrayal, which leads to hurt, and then to jealousy. Julia quickly becomes hardened back from jealousy into being vengeful, and with this emotion she soon shows, while performing on the stage, to be quite the master. Julia comes full circle to realize she can be anyone she chooses to be. Her son relents to an acceptance of Julia’s many faces and her husband, although every bit as two faced as Julia, comes around to Julia’s reawakening.
Bening is not quite the front-runner to snag the Best Actress at the Academy Awards this year, but she could get it as a repay from the her last nomination for ‘American Beauty’, the year she lost to Hilary Swank in ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. Ironically, Annette could lose again to Hilary Swank, this time for ‘Million Dollar Baby’. However, Annette has many friends within the Hollywood voting machine; it could go her way this time. Annette’s Oscar nomination is well deserved; her Oscar would be fitting in more ways than one.
One actress to look out for in the future is Lucy Punch as Avice Crichton. Her comedic talents come into play about two thirds of the way into the film. Avice becomes the target of Julia’s wrath during the climactic and hilarious ending of the film.
The rest of the cast is very solid. Shaun Evans (as Julia’s lover) who comes in with a bang (sorry) is decent, yet he goes out with a whimper. Evans becomes an afterthought nearing the end of the film. He’s relegated to showing embarrassment from the theater seats by the time the story is over. Another highlight in a bit role comes from Miriam Margolyes as the ‘lesbian’ gossiper Dolly deVries.
Just remember, even though the cast is very strong, this movie is all about Annette Bening, which may be the reason why the movie hasn’t scored big box office numbers. Even with an Oscar nomination, it isn’t likely that this film will surpass its 18 million dollar budget. Perhaps people would have flocked to this film in greater numbers if it wasn’t about the life of an actress in pre World War II Britain, but instead about the future world high jinks of animated elephants and squirrels with dubbed voices from the likes of Will Smith, Robin Williams and Cameron Diaz? Come on people, this movie was worth at least one visit to the cinema.
Just like Peter O’Toole ranted as a drunken and crazed Alan Swan in ‘My Favorite Year’, “I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!” Annette’s Julia quite calmly relates, “real actress’ don’t make films”. Perhaps in the future they won’t, but as for this year, I can think of at least one that did.
8/10. Clark Richards
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director István Szabó
Writer W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
Actors Michael Gambon, Annette Bening, Leigh Lawson, Shaun Evans
Country Canada, USA, Hungary, UK
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations.
Production Company Hogarth Productions, Myriad Pictures, First Choice Films, Serendipity Point Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 535B, Cooke Varotal Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Toronto, Canada, Kodak Cinelabs, Budapest, Hungary
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm