Baz Luhrmann's Film-Making Style

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Baz Luhrmann is known world wide for his eccentric and flamboyant film-making style. Luhrmann’s signature bright colours, fast-paced camera-cuts and zooms, and bold costumes are all key characteristics of his films and assist Luhrmann in putting forward the themes and motifs he regards as essential in each of his works. However, Luhrmann still receives much criticism for not staying true to the original source material of the stories he introduces to the big screen. One fails to realize the fact that, “Luhrmann’s films are not so much adaptations as re-imaginings” (Vogue Magazine) and through analysis of his various techniques, as well as his overall cinematic language in his films, “Strictly Ballroom” (1992), “Romeo + Juliet” (1996) and “The Great Gatsby”, one can see this clearly, through Luhrmann’s evolution as a director. Luhrmann makes his films his own from the start, the opening scenes of all three of these films implement post-modern techniques which instantly informs the audience that they are entering into Luhrmann’s …show more content…

The reason for these notable changes to the original settings is because Luhrmann chooses to appeal to a modern day audience rather than regurgitate the same old setting that would have appealed to the people at the time the source material was written. Similarly, Luhrmann satirises the dance world in “Strictly Ballroom” and chooses to stray away from naturalism, preferring rather to go for over the top use of make-up, wild costumes and unorthodox use of camera cuts and zooms in order to put forth the themes he finds essential, staying true once again to his personal philosophy of cinema, a reel (artificial) rather than real (natural) approach to film

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