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

”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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