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Music, <i>The Great Gatsby</i>'s Soundtrack Doesn't Fit Its Message

The Great Gatsby's Soundtrack Doesn't Fit Its Message

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzergald's The Great Gatsby is surprisingly true to the original text. He is reverent to the plot, lifts dialogue from the book, and honors Fitzgerald's principal literary devices as well: automobiles as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Yours! Mine!

Not Yours! Mine!

Peter Rodger's documentary in which, as he says in the trailer, "I decided to go 'round the world and ask people what they think." He asks children, nuns, a princess, Hugh Jackman, and a host of picturesquely wrinkled religious dudes.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Black Balloon</i>

The Black Balloon

Produced for what was likely a day’s Botox budget on Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, the auspicious Oz import, The Black Balloon—the debut feature of director Elissa Down—comes on like a Rain Man for the High School Musical set, but quickly establishes…
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Film, Somewhere Over the Date Line

Somewhere Over the Date Line

You don't have to have been raised on colonial Brit lit, classic melodramas, Westerns, war movies, or Gone with the Wind to figure out the likely outcome of Baz Luhrmann's Australia within its first 15 minutes, but any or all…
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Culture, Stage Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Gosh, who doesn't like La Bohème? Baz Luhrmann's revival of his own, pre-Moulin Rouge version of the opera is a sweet confection that was sure to be a hit for three reasons: 1) It's hip. La Bohème, set in 1950s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Baz's <i>Boh&egrave;me</i>

Baz's Bohème

If opera is on its last legs, as we hear all the time, then filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is just the man to give it a boost. The Australian Wunderkind is an old pro at making stuffy art forms palatable to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Living La Vida Leguizamo

Living La Vida Leguizamo

A wise man (OK, Plato) once said, "The life which is unexamined is not worth living." By those standards, actor and comic John Leguizamo has lived a life worth his weight in gold. Most recognizable for his roles in Baz…
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Culture, Stuff The Great Escape

The Great Escape

At this moment, Baz Luhrmann, control freak and self-proclaimed ringleader of conspirators "who conspire to something greater than ourselves," is not in control at all. The cameraman trailing behind him, like a faithful puppy awaiting treats, does not work for…
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