Baz Luhrmann: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)

Notwithstanding he has made in basic terms 5 movies in decades—Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, and the Oscar-nominated motion pictures Moulin Rouge!, Australia, and The nice Gatsby—Australian writer-director Baz Luhrmann is an the world over recognized model identify. His Christian identify has even entered the English language as a verb, as in "to Baz issues up," which means "to beautify them with an exuberant flourish." Celebrated by means of a few, loathed through others, his paintings is underscored by way of what has been defined as "an aesthetic of artifice" and is extraordinary for either its glittering surfaces and routine concerns.
In this choice of interviews, Luhrmann discusses his equipment and his causes, explaining what has been vital to him and his collaborators from the beginning and the way he has been capable of preserve an independence from the studios that experience subsidized his motion pictures. He additionally speaks approximately his different works of art, together with level productions of La Bohème and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and his spouse and collaborative companion Catherine Martin, who has obtained Academy Awards for her paintings with Luhrmann.

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It was also in Malmö that he solidified his group of actors, welded together by a director who far outpaced the head of the theatre that had hired him, Lars Levi Læstadius. Many of the names to be associated with Bergman’s filmmaking in the mid-Fifties – Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Åke Fridell – were actors at the Malmö City Theatre under his tutelage. Bergman’s Malmö period coincides with his major breakthrough as a filmmaker. In Sweden he now gained a reputation as a maker of women’s films; besides Sommarlek and Sommaren med Monika he wrote and directed Kvinnors väntan (1952, Secrets of Women/Waiting Women), En lektion i kärlek (1954, A Lesson in Love), Kvinnodröm (1955, Dreams) and Sommarnattens leende (1955, Smiles of a Summer Night).

It included several productions at a newly founded professional stage, the Dramatists Studio, whose prime mover, an eccentric woman by the name of Brita von Horn, recognized Bergman’s talents. Then, at age 26, he was offered the post as head of the City Theatre in Hälsingborg in southern Sweden. Else Fisher was now pregnant with daughter Lena but also ill with TB and staying in a sanatorium. Within a year after Bergman’s assumption of his new post, the marriage was dissolved. Soon thereafter he married choreographer Ellen Lundström, whom he had met in Hälsingborg.

He was back at Dramaten, in the ‘Father House’ and for the next 20 years would stage, on an average, one play per year. Apart from Shakespeare dramas like Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale he returned to such old favorites as Molière (The Misanthrope), Ibsen (A Doll’s House and Ghosts), and Strindberg (Miss Julie, A Dreamplay, and The Ghost Sonata). A number of his Dramaten productions from this time went on an international circuit tour, providing opportunities for non-Swedish audiences to become familiar with Bergman’s stagecraft.

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