Baz Luhrmann (Getty Images | Warner Bros.)Baz Luhrmann knows how to throw a big screen party. From the masquerade where Romeo meets Juliet, to the cabaret of Moulin Rouge to Nick Carraway's introduction to Gatsby's lavish lifestyle, the director has a knack for staging soirees that make you want to be there.More than anything else, this ability breathes new life into F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, in Luhrmann's adaptation, which hit home release on Tuesday. We spoke...Read Full Story
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Despite its departures from the novel, this is a unique vision of a story everyone knows. It's also a visionary depiction of a golden era.
This auto-tuned soap opera writer/director Baz Luhrmann is calling The Great Gatsby is a visual rollercoaster, a melodramatic fairy tale, and a wistful ode to romance. It's also predictably transparent when it comes to the classic American novel's weighty themes. Luhrmann does get credit...Read Full Story
(Warner Brothers)1. It's a fairy tale - Master showman writer/director Baz Luhrmann is nothing if not bold, and his vision of roaring '20s New York City is simply spectacular. Beginning by framing the first shots of the film with art deco staging, it's clear Luhrmann is taking us on a journey to fantastic world. Watching the film through this lens makes it easy to be whisked away as Luhrmann's camera swoops and dives on the Big Apple, rollercoastering sharply from the top of the Empire State...Read Full Story
Baz Luhrmann, the director behind Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge, has officially acquired the rights to the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Luhrman had previously noted his desire to bring The Great Gatsby to the screen for a third time, saying: If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, 'You've been drunk on money,' they're not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time they'd be willing to...Read Full Story
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