Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World
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This Scoopit! will show how different works created by Julie Taymore and how they break the ideal molds of genres.
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Across the Universe - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Corresponding website with review: http://www.filmjabber.com/movie-preview/across-the-universe.html

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Critics claimed that the scenes of "Mr. Kite" & "Dr. Kite", were too off-the-wall and through off the viewer from the building climax. Resolution, he claims, is never actually fulfilled. However the critic remarks that it is a impressively hard film that she was able to pull off. Above is the link to the video in which the critic and I are referring to.

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Julie Taymor's Frida - Julie Taymor's Frida

Julie Taymor's Frida - Julie Taymor's Frida | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it

When asked how she became involved in the project, Taylor said, "I received the screenplay (a draft written by Rodrigo Garcia) about two years ago. Initially, I was not interested in doing a film about an artist. It's not that there haven't been good films about artists before, but it's hard to get in to their creative process." But she quickly became interested in Kahlo's personal story, particularly her tumultuous relationship with the famous muralist Diego Rivera.

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When Taymor took on the screenplay of FRIDA, many of her fellow directors were shocked. This genre, a biography, was not in her usual taste. However with the musical help of her husband Elliot Goldenthal, she was able to masterfully reenact the artist's life.

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Julie Taymor as Puppet Artist

Julie Taymor as Puppet Artist | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it

Taymor Productions and Their Puppets

"Taymor's first major production came with the Teatr Loh. It was financed by the Ford Foundation, and was entitled Way of Snow. Based on an Eskimo legend, this production was a "puppet-mask trilogy, which was very well received in Java in 1976 (Burns 51). It was also revived by the Ark Theatre in 1980 (Burns 51). The troupe's next production, entitled Tirai, was performed in six different languages with numerous masks and performance traditions."

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Taymor became interested in masks and puppets when she was eleven years old and traveled to Sri Lanka when she was 15 to study eastern art. Taymor's puppetry was mostly influenced from her stay in Indonesia.

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Julie Taymor | Jewish Women's Archive

Julie Taymor | Jewish Women's Archive | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it

"The forms of Taymor’s work are geared to, and as varied as, the themes she tackles. She draws on non-Western, particularly Asian forms. In fact, this lexicon represents less a movement away from traditional Western forms than it does creative vocabulary that extends beyond them"

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It is hard to say what defines her styles of work, but this page  did the best of recognizing this. I found this page on the Jewish Women's Archive and goes fully in detail of all the nominations and awards Taymore has recieved for all of her styles of work.

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Broadway Videos | Interviews, Reviews, and Popular Channels Julie Taymor and The Lion King Company Open Up About 15 Magical Years on Broadway | Videos | Broadway.com

Broadway Videos | Interviews, Reviews, and Popular Channels Julie Taymor and The Lion King Company Open Up About 15 Magical Years on Broadway | Videos | Broadway.com | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it
The Tony-winning musical The Lion King celebrated 15 years on Broadway with a triumphant performance and lavish celebration. Hear from the award-winning creators and current cast about why The Lion King is unlike any other show on Broadway.
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Not only is Taymor a film director, she also has her hands in famous Broadway productions such as THE LION KING. This is currently the seventh longest running Broadway show on Broadway. If you click on the above link, it takes you to an interview of all the participating directors and writers and a small clip from the play itself!

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Julie Taymor - Biography

Julie Taymor - Biography | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it
Julie Taymor on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more...
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Taymore has performed and learned art all over the world. This link gives her full biography and where she began her fine arts career.

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Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: Julie Taymor's Magic Flute

Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: Julie Taymor's Magic Flute | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it
"Taymor's Mythology" by Alex Ross The New Yorker, Oct. 25, 2004. In the fall of 1791, Mozart was a sick man who felt his life slipping away. Still, he was intensely happy. The motive for his joy was “The Magic...
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THE MAGIC FLUTE is a combination play of mystery and comdey. Alex Cross, the critique, says that this play is normally adapted to the directers comfortabilities. However, Taymor ignored her vision in order to utilize her entire repetoire to embody Mozart's musical number.

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Across the Universe - Director Julie Taymor Interview

Across the Universe - Director Julie Taymor Interview | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it
Director Julie Taymor brings the music of The Beatles and the world of the '60s alive on screen in a real magical mystery tour of a movie, Across the Universe. The lyrics of 33 classic Beatles move the film along narratively.
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I, as well as many fellow Beatles lovers, instantly fell in love with this musical as soon as Jim Sturgess sang his first note. In the above interview, Taymor explains where she comes up with such whimsical ideas. Her answer, " Words influence my visual imagery most of all".

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Made From Scratch!

To simply dub multi-hyphenate cross-media artist JULIE TAYMOR "the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Director (for THE LION KING ON BROADWAY)" and exp...
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In this video, Taymor discusses her love for making costumes and puppets. In my other post, "Jewish Woman Archives", Taymor admits that when she was younger she would have her mother make faces at her and then she would try to draw them. The famous director uses the same method to this day.

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Women in Theatre: Julie Taymor

Taped: 09/22/2003. Julie Taymor has designed and directed many global productions of "The Lion King" since it first opened on Broadway in 1997. She discusses...
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I chose to share this video because I believe it is important to understand where directors receive their inspiration. Taymor come off as a representative for the underrepresented. Taymor reminds me a lot like Robin Hood...

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NOW with Bill Moyers. Transcript. Bill Moyers Interviews Julie Taymor. 11.29.02 | PBS

NOW with Bill Moyers. Transcript. Bill Moyers Interviews Julie Taymor. 11.29.02 | PBS | Julie Taymor: A Women's Touch to the Film World | Scoop.it
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Bill Moyers, a veteran PBS journalist, interviewed Taymore on her artistic accomplishments

 

 

MOYERS:How do you keep in touch with your artistic self in this commercialized world?

 

TAYMOR: Well, I don't know how to answer that exactly, but I think that I can only do what I do feel passionate about or what moves me or what daunts me. I really like to be challenged. I like to go into something not knowing if I can pull it off.

 

TAYMOR: I'm not really interested in safety. When I did FRIDA it was so different from TITUS and THE LION KING and all my other pieces because it was supposedly a reality, a biography. And now all of a sudden I have to pay attention to cars of the period and buttons and lamps and truth, whatever that means. There's no such thing, but some semblance of truth.

 

MOYERS: You don't believe...

 

TAYMOR: No, because I think the truth is, as Frida would say, could be behind the eyes. What we call truth or reality, or literal reality, that's just an exterior reality. But it's really in the eyes of the beholder, it's subjective.......

 

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