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All You Need is Love.
|A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, the film moves from the dockyards of liverpool to the creative psychedelia of greenwich village, from the riot-torn streets of detroit to the killing fields of vietnam.|
"...a singular kind of magic you've never experienced before. Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"...a strange, nostalgic, suitably outrageous ode to a very real revolution in consciousness. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteThe Beatles' songs may have provided the soundtrack for the lives of those coming of age in the 1960s, but their extensive catalogue acts as the literal soundtrack in this romantic musical from visionary director Julie Taymor. Newcomer Jim Sturgess stars as Jude, a young man working on the docks in Liverpool. Eager to escape, he travels to Princeton where he meets Max (Joe Anderson). But it's his meeting with Max's younger sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) that changes him. They quickly fall in love, but their relationship is tested by the chaos of the late 1960s and Max's unwilling tour in Vietnam. Throughout the film, characters burst into classics from the Beatles: frat boys sing "With a Little Help from My Friends," while Uncle Sam bursts from a recruitment poster with strains of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." U2's Bono makes a cameo as a counterculture leader and croons "I Am the Walrus," and actor-comedian Eddie Izzard provides a trippy rendition of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite."Sturgess has the voice, charm, and good looks to fill Shea Stadium with hordes of screaming young women. As Jude, he's earnest and certainly capable of carrying the film. Wood capably balances Lucy's naiveté and knowledge, easily moving between her love for Jude and her passion for her cause. Though the performances are strong, it's Taymor's gifted direction that makes ACROSS THE UNIVERSE so fascinating to watch. As in FRIDA and Broadway's THE LION KING, she proves herself an artist with creativity few can match. Director of photography Bruno Delbonnel also deserves praise for his contribution to the striking visuals. He has worked with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on AMELIE and A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, and he brings the same sense of romance and whimsy to this unique musical.
Cast & Crew
|Evan Rachel Wood|
|Ben Haber - Producer|
|Bruno Delbonnel - Cinematographer|
|Charles Newirth - Executive Producer|
|Dick Clement - Screenplay|
|Elliot Goldenthal - Original Music By|
|Francoise Bonnot - Editor|
|Ian La Frenais - Screenplay|
|Julie Taymor - Director|
|Julie Taymor, et. al. - Based On Story By|
|Mark Friedberg - Production Designer|
|Peter Rogness - Art Director|
|Golden Globe, Across the Universe, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy|
|Grammy, Across the Universe, Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media|