Baz Luhrmann

Quotes: Baz Luhrmann

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    All good, clean stories are melodrama; it's just the set of devices that determines how you show or hide it.
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    At a very young age I was allowed to go into the cinema and watch adult films.
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    I've tried to make 'Strictly Ballroom' impossible to date. It does feel a bit '80s but I consciously made sure there was no technology in the movie that could date it.
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    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. People will need an explanation of where we are and where we've been, and 'The Great Gatsby' can provide that explanation.
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    In terms of the mechanics of story, myth is an intriguing one because we didn't make myth up; myth is an imprinture of the human condition.
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    My father made sure that I had lots of levels of education - from ballroom-dancing to painting, commando training, theatre and magic.
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    One of the great things about Sydney is that it has a great acceptance of everyone and everything. It's an incredibly tolerant city, a city with a huge multicultural basis.
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    Opera was the cinema of its time, so to bring back that popular appeal, you just need to unleash its visceral immediacy and excitement. Most productions don't manage that - but when an opera does do it, you never forget it.
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    Sydney in general is eclectic. You can be on that brilliant blue ocean walk in the morning and then within 20 minutes you can be in a completely vast suburban sprawl or an Italian or Asian suburb, and it's that mix of people, it's that melting pot of people that give it its vital personality.
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    Sydney is rather like an arrogant lover. When it rains it can deny you its love and you can find it hard to relate to. It's not a place that's built to be rainy or cold. But when the sun comes out, it bats its eyelids, it's glamorous, beautiful, attractive, smart, and it's very hard to get away from its magnetic pull.
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    The food in Sydney is an Asian Pacific cuisine. It's eclectic but above all it's fresh, inventive and creative and that's what I love about it.
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    The party is a true art form in Sydney and people practise it a great deal. You can really get quite lost in it.
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    There's a whole system in Hollywood where the director never speaks to the studio, but I like to engage them in a discussion. I listen.
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    Ultimately, you have to pursue your own path, not someone's idea of the right path. You need to stay on your path.
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