A Portrait of the Author: Meryl Streep’s first role and Meta-fiction

Originally posted on John Gosslee:

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Though actress Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Julia in Julia, looks more like the playwright Lillian Hellman (Jane Fonda), whose first play — Children’s Hour — opened on Broadway, Redgrave won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film Julia, directed by Fred Zinnemann, is a view of the playwright’s relationship with possibly fictitious childhood friend Julia, who organized resistance against the Nazi’s during World War II. Beginning with the creation of the play that put Hellman in 1940’s literary high society and a relationship with Dashiell Hammett, it moves through the dramatist’s harrowing risk to bring money to her friend by travelling through occupied Germany as a Jew under an assumed identity. Julia also marks the first film appearance of Meryl Streep. It’s a slow paced psychological thriller, where the Nazis are stylized, and Fonda’s acting is often over the top while playing the lead character torn between personal devotion and near overnight…

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