Saturday, March 29, 2014

Across the Universe (2007) - Movie using 34 Beatles Songs is Wonderful !

I think that the movie Across the Universe (2007) using 34 Beatles songs  is wonderful !
I watched it tonight for the very first time and look forward to watching it again.
I totally agree with Roger Ebert's review below.

The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor

Writing Credits (WGA):
Dick    Clement        screenplay
Ian       La Frenais    screenplay
Julie     Taymor        story
Dick     Clement       story
Ian        La Frenais   story

Evan Rachel Wood
Jim        Sturgess
Joe        Anderson
Dana     Fuchs
Martin   Luther 
Across the Universe is a 2007 American musical romantic drama film directed by Julie Taymor, produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film's plot is centered on songs by The Beatles. The script is based on an original story credited to Taymor, Dick Clement, and Ian La Frenais. It incorporates 34 compositions originally written by members of The Beatles.

Roger Ebert - 4 Star movie review - dated 13 Sept 2013

Below I have quoted only the first & last paragraphs of his review so you can quickly see how much he liked this movie.

Here is a bold, beautiful, visually enchanting musical where we walk into the theater humming the songs. Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe" is an audacious marriage of cutting-edge visual techniques, heart-warming performances, 1960s history and the Beatles songbook. Sounds like a concept that might be behind its time, but I believe in yesterday.

I'm sure there were executives who thought it was suicidal to set a "Beatles musical" in the "Vietnam era." But this is a movie that fires its songs like flowers at the way we live now. It's the kind of movie you watch again, like listening to a favorite album. It was scheduled for the Toronto Film Festival but was previewed (as several Toronto films were) for critics in major cities. I was drowning in movies and deadlines, and this was the only one I went to see twice.

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