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Interview: Julie Taymor Talks About the Importance of ‘The Glorias’

In multiple mediums, Julie Taymor has proven to be a one of a kind creative force. Look no further than to her stage work directing The Lion King or Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to see how she tackles Broadway like no other. On film, Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest clearly feature her unique sensibilities. Earlier this year, Taymor debuted The Glorias, which showcases the life and work of Gloria Steinem as only she could. Her mind works in a phenomenally singular way. So, when you’re given the opportunity to chat with her, you don’t pass it up. Unsurprisingly, a discussion with Taymor is just as unique as one might expect.

Below, you can listen to my longer than usual conversation with Taymor. We get to talk not just about The Glorias, but about Steinem herself, as well as the politics of the day. You can’t remove the political aspect of the period, alongside today, from the film, so it makes perfect sense that it came up. Taymor is passionate about the movie, frank about where it has been overlooked, and consistently fascinating to chat with. The interview should be a really enjoyable one for her fans, to say the least. Moreover, if you haven’t given a chance to The Glorias, this should inspire you to watch the flick!

As a reminder, The Glorias is, as per IMDb, “The story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s itinerant childhood and its influence on her life as a writer, activist and organizer for women’s rights worldwide.” Taymor co-writes and directs, with the cast including Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander in central roles. Supporting players include Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Timothy Hutton, Bette Middler, Janelle Monáe, Lorraine Toussaint, Lulu Wilson, and more.

Here now is my interview with The Glorias (our review of which can be found here) filmmaker Julie Taymor. Enjoy:

Be sure to check out Julie Taymor’s film The Glorias, available to watch now!

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