Julia

Synopsis: This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, the writer is recruited to smuggle funds into Germany to aid the anti-Nazi movement. Waiting in the wings is Lillian's lover and mentor, Dashiell Hammett, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Fred Zinnemann
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 24 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
58
Rotten Tomatoes:
72%
PG
Year:
1977
117 min
238 Views


[Bird Squawking]

[Woman Narrating]

Old paint on canvas, as it ages...

sometimes becomes transparent.

When that happens,

it is possible in some pictures...

to see the original lines.

A tree will show through a woman's dress.

A child makes way for a dog.

A boat is no longer on an open sea.

That is called pentimento...

because the painter repented...

changed his mind.

[Squawking Continues]

[Train Whistle Blaring]

I'm old now, and I wanna remember...

what was there for me once...

and what is there for me now.

[Typing]

It's not working again, Dash.

It's falling apart again.

Put on your sweater.

Bring some whiskey.

I'll build a fire, and we'll start dinner.

Don't forget the smokes.

I'm not here to take orders. I want advice.

You're a big-shot writer.

[Shouting] You're not a general,

Hammett, and I ain't the troops.!

If you really can't write,

maybe you should go find a job.

Be a waitress.

[Chuckles]

What about a fireman, eh?

You could be chief.

It's not a bad idea, you know?

Little town somewhere...

find yourself a little fire station, a hat.

- I'll be the mayor.

- Why should you be the mayor?

Well, someone has to appoint you if...

I'm in trouble with my goddamn play,

and you don't care!

Just because you stopped writing doesn't...

[Liquid Pouring]

Tell you what, Lilly.

I'll send you on a trip to Paris.

I don't wanna go to Paris.

Why not? I hear it's a swell town.

Finish the play there.

Have a little fun. Visit your friend Julia.

You know damn wellJulia's not in Paris.

Well, wherever she is.

Go to Spain. There may be a civil war

in Spain. You'd help somebody win it.

- [Laughs] You're scrappy.

- I'm not scrappy. Don't call me scrappy.

You make me sound like

a neighborhood bulldog.

You are the neighborhood bulldog, Lilly!

'Cept you got some cockeyed dream

about bein' a cocker spaniel.

- I can't work here.

- Well, then don't work here.

Don't work anyplace.

It's not as if you've written

anything before, you know.

Nobody'll miss you.

It's a perfect time to change jobs.

You're the one who talked me

into being a writer, Dashiell.

You're the one who said,

"Stick with it, kid. You got talent, kid."

You soft-soaped me with all that crap!

- And now look at me.

- If you're gonna cry about it,

go stand on a rock.

Don't do it around me.

If you can't write here, go someplace else.

Give it up. Open a drugstore.

Be a coal miner.

Only just don't cry about it.

[Lilly's Voice] I think I have

always known about my memory.

I know when the truth

is distorted by some drama or fantasy.

But I trust absolutely

what I remember about...

Julia.

[Clock Ticking]

[Clock Tolling]

Happy New Year, Grandmother.

Happy New Year, Julia.

- Happy New Year, Grandfather.

- Hmm?

Why did we have sherbert

in the middle of the meal?

It clears the palate

between the fish and the meat.

- Who's that?

- It's my mother.

- [Lilly] My God.

- [Julia] Shejust got married again.

- Where does your mother live?

- In Scotland.

- My mother owns a very fancy castle.

- Have you been there?

- Once.

- What's it like?

Full of fancy people with fancy titles.

- Who were they?

- I don't remember. They didn't interest me.

They're all very rich and famous.

They just said hello to me,

and I don't remember.

[Orchestra. ; "My Blue Heaven"]

[Continues]

- Happy New Year, Julia.

- Happy New Year.

[Ends]

I am... Paris.

I am Paris, and I am a string of beads.

I am Paris,

and I am a string of beads on a hot dancer.

[Laughs]

[Chuckles]

I am Paris,

and I am a string of beads on a hot dancer...

and a romantic Frenchman

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Alvin Sargent

Alvin Sargent (born April 12, 1927) is an American screenwriter. He has won two Academy Awards in 1978 and 1981 for his screenplays of Julia and Ordinary People. His most popular contribution has been being involved in the writing of most of the films in Sony's Spider-Man film series (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the first exception to this). more…

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