Strictly Ballroom: The Kobal Collection
December 16, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Strictly Ballroom

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
94 minutes
performer
Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Gia Carides
director
Baz Luhrmann
author
Baz Luhrmann
genre
Comedy, Musical

”Strictly Ballroom” is a dance movie you need to see

Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) does the dance film the only way he knows how: glossy, garish, and gaudy. The director’s love letter to ballroom-based dirty dancing bursts from the screen with swaths of rich colors and delightfully choppy editing. Scott Hastings (Paul Mercurio) is a ballroom champion with an unconventional style and unmatched cockiness. The not-so-graceful, not-so-cute Fran (Tara Morice) is his new partner, silently begging for Scott to mold her into a swan. Luhrmann’s first directorial achievement is a fabulous take on what might have been a formulaic picture.

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