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Film
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  Being Julia cinematronic
  director

István Szabó

cast

Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon, Juliet Stevenson, Bruce Greenwood, Miriam Margolyes, Shaun Evans, Lucy Punch, Maury Chaykin, Thomas Sturridge, Rosemary Harris, Sheila McCarthy, Rita Tushingham

year

2004

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  Annette Bening's performance as a grande dame of the British theater in the 1930s is not the sole reason to see the conventional backstage drama "Being Julia," but it's the best reason. Yes, Jeremy Irons is as sure-footed and smooth as one would like as the diva's entrepreneur husband, a former actor who decided he was better suited to producing and booking shows than appearing in them. But the film lives and dies with Bening's Julia, whose presence is potent enough to overcome the lack of range shown by callow, shallow Shaun Evans as a young American who comes to London and worms his way into the glamorous older woman's life. The rest of the cast is top-notch: Michael Gambon as Julia's late mentor; Bruce Greenwood as her best friend and frequent escort; Juliet Stevenson as her dresser; and, in other colorful supporting roles, Rosemary Harris, Miriam Margolyes and Maury Chaykin. All of the necessary literary credentials are in order: The script by Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Pianist," is based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham ("Of Human Bondage"). And Hungarian director István Szabó is in a familiar milieu, having visited the early and middle parts of the 20th century in his generational family epic "Sunshine" and his post-World War II morality tale "Taking Sides." Those uninterested in period pieces or the peccadilloes of theater people won't care.  
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