“All You Need Is Love”
Across the Universe:
Julie Taymor & The Beatles
By Jen Johans
| However, tension funnels into the love lives of the characters as first Sadie, who has
been growing far more successful than her boyfriend Jo-Jo and the rest of the band,
contemplates going solo and Lucy alienates her artist boyfriend Jude by her
increasing activism in the anti-war movement. The following clips illustrate the
disintegration of the relationship, namely first in the rock styled opera found in
Sadie and Jo-Jo’s show-stopper “Oh! Darlin’” where the lyrics really come to life as a
bitter lover’s quarrel in front of their audience. In addition, via the photographs
which precede the clip, take a look at how closely the two resemble their counterparts
of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix (below).
Then, we cut back to the central plot surrounding our young lovers-- Jude and Lucy.
Quickly, Jude reaches a Jackson Pollack inspired breaking point (see a real Pollack
painting, "Blue Poles" below).
As mentioned before, the dazzling “Strawberry Fields Forever,” was amazingly sung
in duet linking his New York location with Max’s in Vietnam as Lucy watches the war
footage on television. The idea of projecting an image onto a face is also echoed in
the video The Beatles did for the song which can be seen here as well, following the
|Text Only (c) Jen Johans. filmintuition.com
|Note: When originally posted in
2008, the embedded videos we
found online were all in working
order. However, due to Sony
Pictures copyright violation, a
majority of the clips have now
been removed from YouTube.
We've chosen to leave all of the
original videos throughout the
piece to give you a reference
point of where to follow along
when you watch the film on your
own to best appreciate the essay.