FEATURE: Julia and Julia

February 5, 1988
UNITED KINGDOM
  1. Feature Film

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Sting plays the photographer, Daniel, Kathleen Turner's obsessive paramour in the surreal love triangle that is 'Julia and Julia' (1987). Director Peter Del Monte's Italian film features Turner in the title roles; "real life" Julia, a lonely American widow in Trieste mourning the wedding day death of her Italian husband, Paolo (Gabriel Byrne); and "delusion" Julia, who creates a fantastic parallel existence in which she still lives with Paolo (and the young son they had dreamed of having), whilst also engaging in an affair with Daniel. If you thought 'Dune' was confusing, just wait until 'Julia and Julia's' two worlds intersect and collide. Although one would assume that a chance encounter with Sting would be the ideal set up for a woman as badly in need of Jungian therapy as Julia is, think again. Granted Julia and Daniel's initial trysts are among the most passionate love-making scenes of Sting's movie career, but Sting's Daniel proves to be (surprise!) quite evil. Rest assured, as with many of Sting's movie characters Daniels gets his just desserts in the end. The opening film at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in 1987, 'Julia and Julia' not only was hot by Oscar winning cinematographer Guiseppe Rotunno (a former cinematographer for the legendary director Federico Fellini), but also preserved itself a footnote in cinematic history as the first feature film shot in high definition television (HDTV). All This Time CD-ROM