An Artistic Representation of the Sixties Through Across the Universe

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John Stuart
May 14, 2010

An Artistic Representation of the Sixties Through Across The Universe

Many historical fiction films that we watch fail to depict history in an accurate way due to the emphasis on entertainment and revenue instead of keeping the integrity of its historical events. However, some motion pictures stay true to history while providing entertainment through fictional stories. Although the stories are fictional, movie writers can craft stories that represent the history, attitudes, and personalities of a time period in a historically accurate way. A prime example of a movie that is entertaining and represents history accurately is Across The Universe, directed by Julie Taymor in 2007. This film succeeds in
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For example, Prudence arrives through the bathroom window of Sadie’s apartment, which is an allusion to the song “She Came Through The Bathroom Window”, and Prudence’s character is a direct reflection of the song “Dear Prudence”. Characters names are off of song titles like “Hey Jude”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, and “Maxwels Silver Spoon”. These are prime examples how the Beatles music influenced the portrayal of Taymor’s characters, but also how the characters represent real people. Not only does the music represent the characters, but also Taymor integrates the songs into real historical events. For example, Jojo travels to New York from Detroit after his little brother was killed in Detroit’s 12th Street Riot. The 12th Street Riot was one of the worst riots in American history; the governor sent the Michigan National Guard into Detroit, and President Johnson sent the U.S Army to subdue the riot. The end result was forty-three dead, 467 injured, over 7,200 arrests and more than 2,000 buildings burned down. The scale of the riot eclipsed the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. Through the portrayal of the riot the black community of the 12th street district sing “Let It Be”. I must note that in analyzing music each song has different meanings interpretations to each person. However after analyzing “Let It Be”, I have found the phrase "let it be" is about giving up your personal power to a higher power, which is what the people in the riots and

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