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Julia, All in Me

A beautifully rendered docu-portrait of Puerto Rican poet/revolutionary Julia de Burgos, "Julia, All in Me" brings a fresh approach to screen biography, utilizing de Burgos' own poems and letters, rather than traditional interviews and narration, to show how this complex woman viewed herself and the world around her.

A beautifully rendered docu-portrait of Puerto Rican poet/revolutionary Julia de Burgos, “Julia, All in Me” brings a fresh approach to screen biography, utilizing de Burgos’ own poems and letters, rather than traditional interviews and narration, to show how this complex woman viewed herself and the world around her. The results are profoundly moving, as dramatic interpretations of de Burgos’ funereal poems are fused seamlessly with reenactments of her tumultuous life. While pic’s commercial prospects may be limited by marketplace prejudices against literary-themed works, pic merits major fest attention.

Tracing de Burgos from childhood to her 1953 death, pic is at once both unabashedly theatrical (multiple actions occurring simultaneously on a soundstage) and richly cinematic (seductive camera moves and lustrous colors). But what is most remarkable about director Ivonne Belen’s approach is the decision to employ not just actors, but a who’s-who of contemporary Latin American artists to present de Burgos’ poems using the materials of their particular artistic disciplines. The highlight, painter Antonio Martorell’s incorporation of the lyrics from de Burgos’ “From the Martin Pena Bridge” into a magnificent ink drawing, may be one of nonfiction cinema’s loveliest images.

Julia, All in Me

Puerto Rico

  • Production: A Paradiso Films presentation. Produced by Ileana Ciena. Executive producers, Santos Rivera, Ivonne Belen. Directed by Ivonne Belen. Screenplay, Belen, Angel Dario Carrero, based on the unpublished letters of Julia de Burgos to her sister Consuelo Burgos, edited by Marisol Figueroa.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Jochi Melero; editor, David Cochran; production designer, Bonita Huffman; art directors, Rafael Trelles, Monica Reyes Llenza; sound, Fernando Camara. Reviewed on videocassette, L.A., Aug. 10, 2003. (In L.A. Latino Film Festival.) Original title: <I>Julia, toda en mi. </I>Running time: 102 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Grechen Colon, Teofilo Torres, Virianai Rodriguez, Beverlyn Maysonet, Maria del Mar Cruz, Lissette Carrero, Lara Elisa Gonzalez Soler, Marielys Rivera, Maria Consuelo Suez Burgos, Iris Martinzez, Angel Dario Carrero, Luis Rafael Sanchez, Jacobo Morales, Miriam Colon, Lolita Villanua, Mercedes Lopez Baralt, Antonio Martorell, Mayra Santos Febres, Daisy Granados, Jorge Perugorria, Angelica Aragon, Benicio del Toro, Cordelia Gonzalez, Nydia Caro, Danny Rivera.