November 24, 1991 |
When Raul Julia sings "The Impossible Dream" in the new, Broadway-bound production of "Man of La Mancha," he seems ready to seize the mantle of idealist of the 1990s. This is, after all, the man who can also be seen as the ghoulish but indefatigable Gomez in the just-released movie "The Addams Family," and who played the noble but naive Othello in this summer's New York Shakespeare Festival.
January 18, 1990 |
Any production of "Macbeth" with as interesting an actor as Raul Julia in the title role should be home free. The New York Shakespeare Festival's revival, now on view at the Public Theater, is about halfway there. The best thing about it is Julia, who plays the renegade Scottish king as a fearful monarch driven by a desire to be found out, rather than as a symbol of pure evil. Watch his eyes. And you can in the small, tightly enclosed playing area in the Public's Anspacher Theater.
September 7, 1989 |
The range of roles an actor plays, especially a fine character actor like Raul Julia, is always bemusing, sometimes amazing, to contemplate. Julia has perhaps most famously been a prisoner confined to a cell with a flamboyant gay (in "Kiss of the Spider Woman").
July 3, 1988 |
The occupants of the red sedan tensed. Several yards ahead, blue-uniformed federales herded people out of their cars at a roadblock. Women and babies were crying. In their eagerness to find a cache of drugs or weapons the soldiers had overturned family belongings and heaved them on the side of the road. The guns the soldiers carried--and on occasion pointed at people--were loaded. A passenger in the car urged the driver not to be cocky with the young soldier who approached.
November 29, 1987 |
The savvy Brazilian drivers on Paul Mazursky's "Moon Over Parador" don't stop at the red light in the misery-laden slum a few hundred yards from the warehouse-turned-studio where the director is shooting his $19-million movie.
August 2, 1987
I enjoyed Roderick Mann's article on the very talented and versatile actor Raul Julia (" 'Spider Woman' Kissed Julia's Career," July 26). There is, however, one inaccuracy that needs to be corrected because it contributes to the already misunderstood status of Puerto Ricans in American society. To say that Julia "arrived in the United States from Puerto Rico" is as incorrect as saying someone arrived in the United States from Washington, D.C. Puerto Rico, like D.C., is not a state with all the rights and privileges accorded a state, but it is part of the United States and has been since the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans are citizens of the U.S. by right of birth, with the same rights and privileges as other Americans.
March 23, 1986 |
Raul Julia, who got raves (but no Oscar nomination) for "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has agreed to play back-to-back-to-back roles in three films, starting with a plum part opposite Jane Fonda in "The Morning After," with Sidney Lumet directing. Fonda plays an alcoholic involved in a mysterious murder in the Lorimar flick, which shoots in L.A. in early April. Julia will portray her estranged hairdresser husband (Jeff Bridges is Fonda's lover).
January 29, 1986 |
William Hurt and Raul Julia shared best-acting honors for their roles as a homosexual hairdresser and a South American revolutionary in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" when the National Board of Review made its annual film awards Monday night. Orson Welles, director of "Citizen Kane" and other movies, received a Career Achievement Award. He died last year at age 70.