SOLD OUT — ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Q&A with Director Julie Taymor and Composer Elliott GoldenthalUSA | 2007 | 133 mins | Not Rated | Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Directed by Julie Taymor
Wednesday August 29, 2018
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
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Directed by Julie Taymor
Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess
“‘Across the Universe’ was created around the extraordinary, time-defying music of The Beatles,” said Taymor. “Thirty-three songs of Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison not only drive the story but provide the voices of the characters and content of the times.”
Propelled by such unforgettable songs as “Hey Jude” and “All You Need Is Love,” all performed by the film’s extraordinary cast. “Across the Universe” brings the era of rapid, radical change to life through the unmatched creative vision of director Taymor, a screenplay by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and a story by Julie Taymor & Dick Clement& Ian La Frenais. The result is an epic, visually stunning musical unlike any other, combining cinematic, artistic and theatrical techniques with vivid performances and vibrant choreography.
Legendary critic Roger Ebert hailed “Across the Universe” as “an audacious marriage of cutting-edge visual techniques, heart-warming performances (and) 1960s history.” The New York Times’Stephen Holden wrote, “‘Across the Universe’ captured my heart,” and that the film “feels emotionally true … to the decade it remembers.”
Starring Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld,” Thirteen) and Jim Sturgess (21, Cloud Atlas) as Lucy and Jude, whose love inspires them to become involved with the protests and counter-culture movement that dominated the cultural landscape in 1968, “Across the Universe” has become a film its fans turn to over and over again for inspiration.
As a Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winning and Oscar® nominated filmmaker, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction.
Film credits include Fool’s Fire, Oedipus Rex starring Jessye Norman which received an Emmy Award as well as the International Classical Music Award, Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida starring Salma Hayek which garnered six Academy Award nominations and won two; Across the Universe which received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations , The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren and a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during her critically acclaimed, sold-out stage production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. She is currently developing a feature film of Gloria Steinem’s MY LIFE ON THE ROAD starring Julianne Moore and a TV Series, Hackabout based on Erica Jong’s book, FANNY.
Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony® Award nominations, with Julie receiving awards for Best Director and Costume Designer. The show has played over 100 cities in 19 countries, and its worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.
Other theater credits include the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, at the Public Theater as well as Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, which earned five Tony Award nominations including one for her direction. Operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Die Zauberflote (in repertory at the Met), The Magic Flute (the abridged English version, which inaugurated a PBS series entitled “Great Performances at the Met”); and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel.
Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, as well as a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater, the recipient of the 2015 Shakespeare Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and a 2017 Disney Legends Award honoree. She recently directed M BUTTERFLY starring Clive Owen on Broadway.
Composer Elliot Goldenthal creates works for film, orchestra, theater, opera, and ballet. Goldenthal received an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his score for Frida directed by Julie Taymor, has also received Oscar nominations for the film’s original song “Burn It Blue” with lyrics by Taymor, and Oscar nominations for his music for Interview With the Vampire and Michael Collins, both directed by Neil Jordan.
Also notable among his more than 30 film scores are Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and Heat, Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy (Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Score), Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, his groundbreaking score for David Fincher’s Aliens, and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Across The Universe, and Titus. Additionally, he has received two Golden Globe nominations and three Grammy Award nominations. Goldenthal was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Hall of Fame and presented with the ASCAPFounders Awards in Los Angeles.