Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing

9 Episodes

Guest programmer Julie Taymor—renowned for her Broadway-conquering production of “The Lion King” and films like FRIDA, TITUS, and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE—sat down with critic Michael Sragow to talk about the movies that have shaped her as an artist. In a wide-ranging discussion that touches on her formative years in Paris and Indonesia, Taymor reveals the differences between working in theater and film, her love of black-and-white cinematography, and why she prefers Fellini to Bergman. The films she has selected span countries and styles, but all demonstrate a fascination with theatricality, artifice, and performance that informs her unique way of seeing the world.

Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing

    Episode 1

    The award-winning stage and film director on a lifetime of moviegoing

  • Julie Taymor on GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    Episode 2

  • Great Expectations

    Episode 3

    Directed by David Lean • 1946 • United Kingdom
    Starring John Mills, Finlay Currie, Martita Hunt

    One of the great translations of literature into film, David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS brings Charles Dickens’s masterpiece to robust on-screen life. Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham, and Estella populate...

  • Julie Taymor on RASHOMON

    Episode 4

  • Rashomon

    Episode 5

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1950 • Japan
    Starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori

    A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, RASHOMON is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accou...

  • Julie Taymor on SAWDUST AND TINSEL

    Episode 6

  • Sawdust and Tinsel

    Episode 7

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1953 • Sweden
    Starring Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson

    Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in SAWDUST AND TINSEL, one of the master’s most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the g...

  • Julie Taymor on THE CRANES ARE FLYING

    Episode 8

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    Episode 9

    Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov • 1957 • Soviet Union
    Starring Tatiana Samoilova, Alexei Batalov, Vasily Merkuryev

    This landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov was heralded as a revelation in the post-Stalin Soviet Union and the international cinema community alike. It tells the story of ...