Across The Universe Directed
Julie Taymor USA / 2007 / 133 minutes
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Julie Taymor, Elliot Goldenthal
SYNOPSIS: Across the Universe, from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late 1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad. When young dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad. With a cameo by Bono, Across the Universe is the kind of movie you watch again, like listening to a favorite album. —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Tony®, Emmy® and Grammy®-winning, and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Julie Taymor has conquered both stage and screen with her innovative direction. Her award-winning films include Fool's Fire, Oedipus Rex, Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, The Tempest, and William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is currently prepping a 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 Tony award-winning Broadway adaptation of The Lion King has played over 100 cities in 19 countries and its worldwide gross exceeds that of any title in box office history. Other theatrical achievements include Grounded, Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass. Operas include Oedipus Rex, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Die Zauberflote, The Magic Flute (which inaugurated the PBS series Great Performances at the Met), Elliot Goldenthal's Grendel and M Butterfly. Taymor is a 1991 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship, a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame, the 2015 recipient of Shakespeare Theatre Company's William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and a 2017 Disney Legends Award honoree.
Cast/Featuring: T.V. Caprio, Martin Luther McCoy, Dana Fuchs, Joe Anderson, Jim Sturgess, Evan Wood
Executive Producer(s): Derek Dauchy, Rudd Simmons, Charles Newirth
Producer(s): Matthew Gross, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
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