Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing

14 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—from the Barbara Stanwyck–starring precode jaw-dropper BABY FACE to the Soviet visual tour-de-force THE CRANES ARE FLYING—span countries and styles, but all demonstrate a fascination with theatricality, artifice, and performance that informs her unique way of seeing the world.

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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

  • Baby Face

    Episode 2

    Directed by Alfred E. Green • 1933 • United States
    Starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, George Brent

    She climbed the ladder of success—wrong by wrong! Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lily “Baby Face” Powers, a tough woman of unusual beauty who sleeps her way to the top of a banking empire, leavin...

  • Julie Taymor on GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    Episode 3

  • Great Expectations

    Episode 4

    Directed by David Lean • 1946 • United Kingdom

    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 Lean's magnificent miniature, beautifully photog...

  • Julie Taymor on RASHOMON

    Episode 5

  • Rashomon

    Episode 6

    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 7

  • Sawdust and Tinsel

    Episode 8

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1953 • Sweden

    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 great cinematographer Sven Nykvist. The ...

  • Julie Taymor on NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

    Episode 9

  • Nights of Cabiria

    Episode 10

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1957 • Italy
    Starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer

    Giulietta Masina won Best Actress at Cannes as the title character of one of Fellini’s most haunting films. Oscar winner for best foreign-language film, NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA) is the tragic...

  • Julie Taymor on THE CRANES ARE FLYING

    Episode 11

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    Episode 12

    Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov • 1957 • Soviet Union

    Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines...and then communication stops. Meanwhile, Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness while Boris's draft-dodgin...

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    Episode 13

    Directed by John Frankenheimer • 1962 • United States
    Starring Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey

    The name John Frankenheimer became forever synonymous with heart-in-the-throat filmmaking when this quintessential sixties political thriller was released. Set in the early fifties, ...


    Episode 14