The movie JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans thought about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50 and took America along on the whole delicious journey.
The musical score is the work of British composer Rachel Portman who has created a veritable banquet of delightful and scrumptious themes to accompany and support the film. Portman has always been a favourite with film music fans all over the world and this her latest score will I know have many of them in raptures as she again fashions haunting themes and beautiful tone poems as well as affecting and effective pieces of music, that not only serve the film but are an absolute treasure away from the images on screen to listen to.
Portman’s wonderfully lyrical and varied soundtrack oozes class and sophistication plus it has to it a lighter and even a slightly quirky side. There is a delicate and intricate persona within the score that becomes instantly endearing, the composer utilising piano, strings, accordion, and woodwind to create exquisite and enchanting compositions. Recommended, it is a sheer delight. Available now from Lakeshore records on all digital platforms.