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Director Julie Taymor speaks at 360/365 Film Festival

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(Read caption) Actors David Strathairn, Alan Cumming, Tom Conti and Chris Cooper brave the rock-laden shallows in Julie Taymor's 'The Tempest.'

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Director Julie Taymor has never followed the rules. In a discussion held at Rochester’s annual 360/365 film festival moderated by local film critic Jack Garner, Taymor said she “always jumped off the cliff instead of just standing on the cliff.” Her latest film, William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, is a perfect example of this. Taymor casts Helen Mirren as ‘Prospera,’ a female rework of the original male character.

Her previous film, “Across The Universe,” was a musical with the songs of The Beatles, release in 2007. It’s visually stunning, psychedelic, and earned her an Oscar nomination. Taymor also directed the Broadway version of ‘Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark’ for a time and used not just her knowledge of swinging ropes with the help of audience member and famed choreographer Garth Fagan [who fyi, is dance professor emeritus from TFPN Chief Notetaker's alma matter SUNY Brockport]. She  also used knowledge gleaned from research of 40 years of comic books.

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