Monday, August 2, 2010
Julie Christie, is a British actress and sex symbol. A pop icon of the "swinging London" era of the 1960s, she has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. My favorite Julie Christy film is, Shampoo(1975). Written by Robert Towne and directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant, Jack Warden, Tony Bill and Carrie Fisher.
The film is about the day(1968), when Richard Nixon was first elected into the White House. George Roundy a very popular Beverly Hills hairdresser, whose occupation and charm provided him with the perfect opportunity to meet women. George wanting a salon of his own, is forced to play second fiddle to the "nickle-and-diming," hairdresser who owns the place. George turns to his wealthy lover Felicia and her husband Lester for the money. In George's meeting with Lester he meets his mistress, Jackie(played by Julie Christie), who once was George's former girlfriend.
Lester, who assumes George is gay, invites him to escort Jackie to a Republican Party election night soiree. Later that night,(in my favorite scene in the movie) they wind up at another type of party and the night quickly turns into drugs, alcohol and sexual indulgence.
George realizes that Jackie is his true love and proposes to her. Unfortunately by then it is too late. Jackie tells him that Lester is divorcing Felicia and taking her to Acapulco. With all the women in his life gone, George is left standing alone.
Warren Beatty gives a wonderful performance as a guy who sincerely does not want to hurt anyone, but he becomes a victim of his own actions.
Julie Christie, a feminist, reportedly disliked the role of Jackie but did it for Warren Beatty, who at the time was her lover.