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Baz Luhrmann Retrospective

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian director who I’ve long been curious about but whose work I had never seen prior to launching this site.

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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Baz Luhrmann — born Mark Anthony Luhrmann; given the nickname “Baz” when his high school chums noticed his resemblance to the British TV puppet fox Basil Brush — grew up in a tiny Australian town called Herons Creek.

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

After the success of Strictly Ballroom, Baz Luhrmann was a rising star in Hollywood

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Following Romeo + Juliet’s attempt at capturing the spirit of Shakespeare’s play through a modern lens, Australian director Baz Luhrmann moved onto another outdated entertainment institution to revitalize: Parisian burlesque theater.

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Australia (2008)

Australia is Baz Luhrmann’s best film.

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The Great Gatsby (2013)

How much one gets out of The Great Gatsby depends, in large part, how swept away one can be by some historically glitzy and energetic party scenes — even if the emphasis on such scenes undercuts their thematic purpose.

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Elvis (2022)

The King of Rock and Roll deserves better than a film biopic.