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A very British ‘Being’

'Julia' bows in Great Brit

LONDON — Onstage at the newly refurbished Apollo West End cinema for the U.K. preem of “Being Julia” Nov. 7, Canuck producer Robert Lantos summed up the evening’s multinational nature by noting, “As someone who was born in Hungary, raised in Brazil and based in Canada, it gives me great perverse pleasure to present this English-set film tonight.” The pic, based on Somerset Maugham’s novella “Theater,” all takes place only a few streets away from the location of the Picadilly preem and post-screening party at the Criterion.

There, helmer Istvan Szabo compared his pic to his Oscar winner “Mephisto” by noting, “They’re both set in 1938, in the theater, and they’re about mirrors, masks and aging.”

Szabo was joined by pic’s Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons (with wife Sinead Cusack), and Juliet Stevenson, plus scribe, Ronald Harwood and production designer Luciana Arrighi.

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