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Baz Luhrmann Essay

3561 words - 14 pages

Baz Luhrmann

Catalogue and Commentary

The following items have been collected in aid of my research:

1. jjj 'Strictly Ballroom' directed by Baz Luhrmann 1992

2. jjj 'Romeo & Juliet' directed by Baz Luhrmann 1997

3. jjj 'Moulin Rouge' directed by Baz Luhrmann 2001

4. jjj 'Making it' feature - the making of Moulin Rouge

5. j Imdb - website - cast and crew lists/ user reviews

6. jj Baz Luhrmann interview on Moulin Rouge

7. jjj Guardian Interview with Baz - online,6737,549699.htm

8. jjj Quotes from and about Baz - online

9. jj An online journal of film studies - Moulin Rouge critic's review
- online

10. j Baz's Alexander the Great Project - online

11. jjj The making of Strictly Ballroom & director biography - extra
on Strictly Ballroom DVD

12. jj Baz Luhrmann Biography - online

These collected resources have provided me with a wide range of
information surrounding my chosen director, Baz Luhrmann. It contains
information about his entrance into the film industry, his passion for
storytelling and his work with different mediums. Luhrmann began his
journey into film making as an actor, he soon tired of this and after
some words of advice from British director Peter Brook, he turned his

attention to the one piece act, Strictly Ballroom. My research into
auteurism has led me to delve into the thread that links the films of
Luhrmann's Red Curtain Trilogy; Strictly Ballroom, Romeo & Juliet and
Moulin Rouge. I will use my research material to assess how his
influences colour each of these films. I spent a fair amount of time
looking over the interviews with Luhrmann as I felt it important to
hear of his themes and passions first hand. BazMark online, the
official website created by Luhrmann himself, provided me with quotes
from and about the director. I found it very helpful to hear what
drives Luhrmann and how others perceive his work; this allowed me to
draw informed conclusions.

The extra features from the 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Strictly Ballroom'
were useful in encouraging me to look at Luhrmann's work from
different angles. Each includes actors opinions, special effects and
words from costume, set designers and choreographers. Again Luhrmann
speaks about his ideas and influences and how he puts these together
in the form of a story. I found that by looking at critics reviews I
was given an indication of how professionals received Luhrmann's work;
I was able to...

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