Archive for June 6th, 2014

by Allan Fish

(USA 2007 131m) DVD1/2

Strawberry jam

p  Matthew Gross, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd  d  Julie Taymor  w  Dick Clement, Ian le Frenais  ph  Bruno Delbonnel  ed  Françoise Bonnot  m  Elliot Goldenthal  m/ly  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison  md  Elliot Goldenthal, T-Bone Burnett  art  Peter Rogness  cos  Albert Wolsky spc/tit Kyle Cooper

Evan Rachel Wood (Lucy), Jim Sturgess (Jude), Joe Anderson (Max Carrigan), Dana Fuchs (Sadie), Martin Luther (Jojo), T.V.Caprio (Prudence), Joe Cocker, Bono, Salma Hayek, Harry Lennix, Eddie Izzard,

It’s a commonly perceived opinion that whether one loves or loathes Julie Taymor’s phantasmagoria of love n’ the Fab Four depends on whether you grew up with the music and knew it with any degree of not just depth but feeling.  The Beatles had broken up several years before I was even born, so that rules that one out.  The approach of having characters burst into famous song was hardly a new one – it was mastered by the likes of Dennis Potter.  Nearer to the mark, however (in that the actors actually sing rather than mime or undercut) is Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, another love story set in the past and splitting audiences right down the proverbial spinal column bonemarrow.

Set in the sixties, the film tells the tale of Scouse dockworker Jude who sets off to America to find the GI father who left his mother pregnant during the war.  While over there he befriends Princeton student Max, about to drop out, whose sister Lucy has just waved her beloved Daniel off to the Vietnam War.  When Daniel is killed in combat, Lucy sets off to join Max and Jude and their Bohemian lifestyle in New York, from whence nothing will ever be the same. (more…)

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