Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom

DVD - 2002
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A young ballroom dancing champion breaks the rules and defies convention when he uses new steps and moves, all of which please the crowds but anger other ballroom dancers.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2002
Edition: Special ed. --
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy / Stric 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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ba_library
Sep 07, 2017

I was ready for a fun or funny film and Strictly Ballroom is both. Saw it when it first came out (released in 1992) directed by Australian director Baz Luhrman (his parents danced in ballroom dancing competitions). It is about ballroom dancing and a big dance competition coming up somewhere in Australia. The main guy is a professional dancer, raised by ballroom dancing parents who run a dance studio. A young woman taking introductory ballroom dancing classes at the family studio wants to dance with the professional son in ballroom competitions. Lots of subdrama stories involved. It plays out rather campy (to me) but I know some people love it and live for it and it must be popular since it has spawned Dancing With the Stars shows around the world. The film does a great job of capturing the glitz and glamour with fancy gowns, lots of sequins, and really bad make-up, but the dancers are very good and the story is interesting and fun. Who are you going to cheer for – the strictly ballroom contingent (everything by the book and by the rules) or the dancers who enjoy breaking the rules by introducing new steps, new excitement? Watch it if you’re ready for fun!

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BridgettM
Apr 09, 2017

This sweet and very campy Australian film centers around a ballroom dancing competition and what could be an unlikely pair, if you've never before seen a movie. Scott is a rising star who has upset the powers that be by dancing his own steps, and Fran, his potential partner, is a beginning dancer who doesn't have the looks of a champion. Yes, it's a pretty predictable story, but it's also a fun and feel-good diversion. Strictly Ballroom was the first film directed by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia and The Great Gatsby). It is rated PG for mild language and sensuality.

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LSbook
Apr 19, 2016

Just rewatched the movie and took in some of the special features (hint: click on Kendall's Studio to access them). I never tire of how the actors in the film can quickly say "Pan Pacific Grand Prix Championships"! Think everyone wants to be free to make their own life choices in adulthood ("I want to dance my own steps.")
Will have to take the dvd out again to play it with the audio commentary as I would love to know the production and choreographic decisions made for the film!

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Whimsy1_0
Mar 01, 2014

One of the best movies I've seen. Plot, acting, and character development flawless.

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Mmc0119
Aug 01, 2013

Always a great film. Love it!!!

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wenaroo
Jul 22, 2013

This is one of my all time favorite feel-good movies, and Baz Luhrmann's best. It plays with the faux-documentary style, juxtaposing over the top characters with a simple, sweet romance. Of course there's great dancing (and some parody as well). And if you're at all familiar with the professional ballroom dancing world, suddenly the over the top characters don't seem so exaggerated...

THUD55 Apr 15, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to anyone. there is a lot of dancing in it which may turn some people off but the story is told well and is fun to watch. the characters are over the top but it is a fun ride to watch.

llfwalker Aug 27, 2012

While it doesn't have the best acting, I found this movie light-hearted and entertaining; with some over-the-top characters and a feel-good ending.

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cfskifreak
Jan 02, 2012

Classic Aussie flick!

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Travis West
Sep 29, 2010

More restrained(slightly) than 'Romeo & Juliet' or 'Moulin Rouge', Baz Luhrmann's 'Strictly Ballroom' is surprisingly heartfelt and genuinely funny. Don't be steered away from this 1992 classic on account of its subject matter; even those with no interest in ballroom dancing will find a lot to enjoy here.

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