Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Streaming Video - 2007
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Across The Universe, an original musical film, is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s, amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock 'n roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, the killing fields of Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. Combining live action with painted and three-dimensional animation, Across the Universe springs from the imagination of renowned director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus, and the Broadway smash hit musical The Lion King) and writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (The Commitments), and features an array of Beatles songs that have come to define the period.
Publisher: [United States] : Revolution Studios, 2007.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 133 min.)) : sd., col.
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Songs by The Beatles create the foundation for this visually stunning psychedelic musical about love and war. Suggested by Lois H.

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Nov 21, 2019

I don't buy many movie DVDs but this is one I had to have to watch over and over. This is one of my favourite movies of all time.

Jul 24, 2019

Ooof. I hate how much I enjoyed this. It's basically Moulin Rouge, with a bit of Forest Gump, some Terry Gilliam, and Pee Wee's Playhouse all blendered in with a 1/2 tab of acid. So much of it is AWFUL. But some of it was surprisingly great. And I'm such a sucker for earnest, emotional singing.

Jan 22, 2017

Plays more like a series of short music videos than an actual movie.
Music generally very good ( under direction of T Bone Burnett), lots
of visually interesting effects and choreography. Plot and characters
a muddled choppy mess especially in the second half as it veers
about awkwardly to set up the next musical number.

May 28, 2016

I'm a huge musical fan from way back Oliver Twist, West Side Story, Grease I and 2, as well as The Muppet Movie. Saw Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise and I figured Across the Universe is the English version of it and yes it was. Good cultural piece; It did not knock my booties off, tried too hard to make the songs fit into the plot making it drag. Didn't finish it and if I don't get back to it so be it.

Mar 27, 2015

Such an amazing movie, truly fantastic. Wonderful music.

Jan 25, 2015

I guess the point is to sell some Beatles music to young people. The storyline is not much, the acting is lame, and the tie-in to the music is tenuous at best. Didn't hate it, but can't think of anything nice to say.

Jan 03, 2015

What starts out looking like an amateur high school operetta gradually builds into an unexpectedly mature piece of cinema with strong performances throughout and a soundtrack that makes clever use of all those classic Beatles songs. The musical numbers may not always work but when they do they are bang on thanks in large part to some dazzling visuals and Taymor’s overall sense of artistic restraint. No, there are no amazing plot twists and you can guess how it will all end within the first 15 minutes but it’s the journey itself that is so appealing. For those who would accuse this film of being shallow and dull, may I remind you of that other musical based on the Beatles’ music, 1978’s vomit-inducing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” featuring the Bee Gees. ‘Nuff said.

Dec 16, 2014

Integrating familiar songs works very well.
But the script is garbage.

Oct 14, 2014

I LOVED this film and I'm of an age where that makes perfect sense, but my 21 year old daughter loved it too and has watched it over and over. AND my 10 yr. old daughter loves it just as much! This film is for those of us who love music.

geezr_rdr Dec 27, 2013

Julie Taymor:I love you! This is such an enjoyable tribute to the creativity of the Beatles with great cinematography and casting.

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Apr 04, 2011

Max: And you know what really pisses me off is I swallowed all those cotton balls and they never even took a damn x-ray.
Hippy dude: You still have options man.
Max: Yeah, jail or Canada and they both suck. I mean I could never come home, so what is it, it's a choice of a 6x4 cell or an endless wasteland of frozen tundra.
Hippy dude: Montreal is cool.
Max: Man, they speak French.
Hippie Guitarist: So learn French. Learn French or die.

Apr 04, 2011

Army Sergeant: Is there any reason you shouldn't be in this man's Army?
Max: I'm a cross-dressing homosexual pacifist with a spot on my lung.
Army Sergeant: As long as you don't have flat feet.

Apr 04, 2011

JoJo: Music's the only thing that makes sense anymore, man. Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay.


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Apr 04, 2011

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.

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