Baz Luhrmann Essay

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Baz Luhrmann

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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

http://www.romanticmovies.about.com/library/weekly/aa030902a.htm

7. jjj Guardian Interview with Baz - online

http://www.film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,6737,549699.htm

8. jjj Quotes from and about Baz -
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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 compare what they saw as the strengths and weaknesses in each of his three films. I believe that I have collected a wide enough range to draw some interesting conclusions. I will now be able to express my own informed opinions surrounding the subject and sum up to what extent Baz Luhrmann can be considered an auteur.

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