ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
2007, Sony Repertory, 133 min, USA/UK, Dir: Julie Taymor

Acclaimed director Julie Taymor adapts The Beatles songbook as a romance set in the 1960s. Liverpool dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) travels to America in search of his estranged father and meets the privileged Lucy Carrigan (Evan Rachel Wood); as anti-war protests, music and drugs swirl around them, the two fall in love. More than 30 Beatles songs are heard in this joyous and visually dazzling rock musical, whose story of young people finding their way in a turbulent world remains universal.


FRIDA
2002, Miramax Films, 123 min, USA, Canada, Mexico, Dir: Julie Taymor

This biopic of Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) is a beautiful work of art in itself. Channeling the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage to famed muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) into her work, Kahlo struggled for recognition but only received it after her death; today her portraits are among the most valuable ever painted in Latin America. With Geoffrey Rush as Leon Trotsky. Production designer Felipe Fernandez del Paso was nominated for an Oscar for his brilliant and memorable work on the film.


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