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Though he has made simply 5 movies in decades--Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, and the Oscar-nominated movies Moulin Rouge!, Australia, and The nice Gatsby--Australian writer-director Baz Luhrmann is an the world over identified model identify. His Christian identify has even entered the English language as a verb, as in "to Baz issues up," that means "to beautify them with an exuberant flourish." Celebrated via a few, loathed by means of others, his paintings is underscored by way of what has been defined as "an aesthetic of artifice" and is remarkable for either its glittering surfaces and ordinary concerns.

In this number of interviews, Luhrmann discusses his equipment and his reasons, explaining what has been vital to him and his collaborators from the beginning and the way he has been capable of hold an independence from the studios that experience sponsored his motion pictures. He additionally speaks approximately his different works of art, together with level productions of La Bohème and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and his spouse and collaborative associate Catherine Martin, who has obtained Academy Awards for her paintings with Luhrmann.

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While we were making the film there was almost an identical teenage suicide in an identical setting in Miami. The fact that it happens all the time is the reason that the story exists. I think the most dangerous thing would have been to treat it like a soap ad and not deal with it in a strong way, to have it pleasantly happen off-screen: and there they are, dead in a pretty manner. To deal with it as a confronting thing was really the only solution. But it is an issue. We simply dealt with the story as honestly and as simply and as powerfully as we could.

How much of the success of the film is down to the casting? “There’s no question that you have in Leonardo and Claire two fine young actors, remembering that when I cast Leonardo, two years ago, he was unknown. He had just been nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. 24 b a z l u h r m a n n : i n t e r v i e w s Claire was just on television (in My So-Called Life). They absolutely have a following and are responsible for people being interested. But remember this: Leonardo has not opened a film on his own.

That was what we wanted to do. We were interested in that experience. It wasn’t that some genius at the studio rang up and said, “Do a funky MTV-style Shakespeare and wipe the floor with all the other pictures. ” That was not the case. ” But because I had made a film about ballroom dancing and it had grossed $80 million, I was in a first-look deal. I said, “Look, don’t say yes. ” I rang up Leonardo DiCaprio, whom I consider to be an incredibly important part of actually getting the film made, and he agreed to fly to Sydney, using his own money.

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