A guide to Baz Luhrmann's greatest works
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Baz Luhrmann is the creative mind behind some of Hollywood’s most cinematic and breath-taking works of film. His eye for unique and beautiful cinematography coupled with the glamour and grace that infuses his works, makes his filmography worthy of a museum. In honour of this icon’s 57th birthday, here’s a countdown of some of his greatest works. 1. The Great Gatsby (2013) In 2013, Luhrmann enlisted Hollywood legend Leonardo DiCaprio to star as the eponymous Gatsby in his adaptation of Fitzgerald’s great American novel. The film was a dazzling and splendid ode to the roaring 20’s and was nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece. Luhrmann’s craftsmanship ensured it delivered glamour and heartbreak in equal measure, with Fitzgerald’s own granddaughter saying that her grandfather ‘would have been proud’ with the result. The film marks Luhrmann’s highest grossing effort to date and managed to collect two Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards. I may be slightly biased as this film is one of my personal favourites, but it is certainly one to watch. 2. Moulin Rouge (2001) Seventeen years ago Nicole Kidman took to the iconic Parisian stage as dazzling cabaret singer Satine, who is wooed into a passionate romance by young writer Christian (Ewan McGregor). The resulting masterpiece was a wonderful mix of comedy, tragedy, outrageous costumes and sets that oozed pure glamour; all set to a backdrop of popular musical numbers. Be honest, what more do you really want from a film? Luhrmann’s glamorous homage to Parisian nightlife was nominated for a staggering eight Oscars at the 74th Academy Awards, marking the first time in ten years that a musical was nominated for best picture. 3. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
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