DIRECTOR: FRED ZINNEMANN
CAST: JANE FONDA, MERYL STREEP, VANESSA REDGRAVE, JASON ROBARDS, MAXIMILIAN SCHELL
Based on a crucial, decades-long friendship recounted (or, as many would claim, fabricated) by Lillian Hellman in her 1973 memoir, Pentimento, Zinnemann’s late-1930s-set film brings together Fonda—in a sly, steely performance as Hellman— and Vanessa Redgrave as the title character, an anti-Nazi activist who recruits the playwright to aid her cause. The tender onscreen friendship mirrors the actual one shared by its stars, each reviled and revered for her political beliefs.
Julia is screening as part of the Jane Fonda In The '70s series.