The latest film from Julie Taymor, Across the Universe, screens tonight at 8 p.m. at Outerland at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport, continuing the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s dinner and a movie series at the club.
An original musical film, Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by The Beatles that defined the time.
Throughout this film rated PG-13, characters burst into Beatles tunes: frat boys sing With a Little Help from My Friends; Uncle Sam bursts from a recruitment poster with strains of I Want You (She’s So Heavy). U2’s Bono makes a cameo as a counterculture leader and croons I Am the Walrus, and actor-comedian Eddie Izzard gives a trippy rendition of Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.
Ms. Taymor, who spent her childhood summers on the Vineyard, has previously directed Frida, a film about artist Frida Kahlo, and The Lion King.
Dinner is available from 6 to 8 p.m. Drinks and snacks available throughout the evening. Admission for the movie alone is $8, or $5 for film society member.