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Baz Luhrmann net worth:
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Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his films Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge!. In 2008, his film Australia was released, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole... Wikipedia

Baz Luhrmann information

Baz Luhrmann information

Birth date: September 17, 1962
Birth place: Sydney, Australia
Height:5' 7" (1.7 m)
Profession:Screenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Actor
Education:National Institute of Dramatic Art
Nationality:Australia
Spouse:Catherine Martin (m. 1997)
Children:Lillian Amanda Luhrmann, William Alexander Luhrmann
Parents:Barbara Luhrmann, Leonard Luhrmann
Awards:Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Golden Bear, BAFTA Award for Best Film, AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, César Award for Best Foreign Film, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Original Song, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Director of the Year, Australian Film Institute Award for News Limited Readers' Choice Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, AFI Members' Choice Award, AACTA International Award for Best Direction, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Foreign Film
Movies:The Great Gatsby, Australia, No. 5 the Film, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, Winter of Our Dreams, Puccini: La Boheme (Sydney Opera)
TV shows:The Get Down, The 100 Greatest Musicals

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#Fact
1Produced a quirky number one record: "Everybody's Free to wear Sunscreen".
2The cast of his production of Puccini's opera, "La Boheme," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 2004 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Ensemble. Performance.
3Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia [January 2009]
4Editing Australia (2008) in Sydney. [September 2008]
5Has directed one Oscar nominated performance: Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! (2001).
6His favorite films are Star 80 (1983), (1963), War and Peace (1966), Medium Cool (1969) and Fitzcarraldo (1982).
7He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society in film direction and production.
8Profiled in "Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly", E.M. Walker, D.T. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
9Wanted to make a movie about Alexander The Great with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role around the same time as Oliver Stone made his movie Alexander (2004), but this project was dropped.
10Was among the guests at Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's wedding.
11Son William Alexander Luhrmann was born June 8th, 2005
12In late 2004, he directed the world's most expensive advertisement for Chanel No 5, a 4-minute short film titled "No 5: The Film" starring Nicole Kidman (who he worked with for Moulin Rouge! (2001)) and Rodrigo Santoro. The film ad, about a fairy-tale romance in which Chanel is part of the story but is not what the story is about, cost £18 million and made Kidman a Guinness World Record holder for highest paid actress in a commercial (she netted $3.71 million). Varying length versions of the film ad were shown on television, and - a first for Chanel - in movie theaters. Costumes were designed by Karl Lagerfeld and a score by Claude Debussy. Kidman wore £17m worth of real gems.
13Family once owned a gas station and a farm.
14His father died the first day of filming Moulin Rouge! (2001).
15Did ballroom dance as a child.
16His first three films, Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), were dubbed the "Red Curtain Trilogy", as they all fell under a particular style of filmmaking. He then changed direction and plans to make a trilogy of historical epics. The first of these was to be "Alexander the Great", which was later dropped.
17Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's first child, Lillian (Lilly) Amanda Luhrmann, was born in Sydney on Friday, 10th October 2003.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Get Down2016TV Series 13 episodes filming
Didysis Getsbis2013screenplay
Hard Chic2012Short
Naïf Chic2012Short
The Classical Body2012Short
The Exotic Body2012Short
The Surreal Body2012Short
Ugly Chic2012Short
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV Special sketches written by
Australia2008screenplay / story
Moulin Rouge!2001written by
Romeo + Juliet1996screenplay
Strictly Ballroom1992earlier screenplay / original idea / screenplay

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Get Down2016TV Series 3 episodes filming
Didysis Getsbis2013
Hard Chic2012Short
Naïf Chic2012Short
Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations2012Short
The Classical Body2012Short
The Exotic Body2012Short
The Surreal Body2012Short
Ugly Chic2012Short
Waist Up/Waist Down2012Short
Australia2008
Chanel N°5: The Film2004Short
Moulin Rouge!2001
Romeo + Juliet1996
Strictly Ballroom1992

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Didysis Getsbis2013producer: "Over The Love"
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Australia2008lyrics: "By the Boab Tree", "The Drover's Ballad", "Flynn's Aria", "You Ride Your Way, I'll Ride Mine" / music: "By the Boab Tree", "You Ride Your Way, I'll Ride Mine", "Boab Lullaby" / producer: "By the Boab Tree", "The Drover's Ballad", "Waltzing Matilda", "Begin the Beguine", "The Drover's Theme", "Journey to Faraway Downs Hoedown", "All Night Long", "Flynn's Aria", "You Ride Your Way, I'll Ride Mine", "Brazil", "Wild Colonial Boy" - as BLAM
Moulin Rouge!2001lyrics: "The Pitch Medley", "El Tango de Roxanne Medley" / writer: "ZIDLER'S RAP Medley", "Fool To Believe"
The Big Kahuna1999as Blam, "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen Mix"
Strictly Ballroom1992lyrics: "Rumba De Burros"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Didysis Getsbis2013Waiter (uncredited)
The Dark Room1982First Student
A Country Practice1981-1982TV SeriesJerry Percival
Winter of Our Dreams1981Pete

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Get Down2016TV Series executive producer filming
Didysis Getsbis2013producer
Australia2008producer
Chanel N°5: The Film2004Short producer
Moulin Rouge!2001producer
Romeo + Juliet1996producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Australia2008composer: additional music
Moulin Rouge!2001music producer: songs - as BLAM

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yes You Can2001Short mentor to the director
Great Performances1994TV Series director - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
13 Steps2011Short very special thanks
Somewhere2010thank you
Duck, Duck, Goose!2005Short special thanks
The Dream Studio2004Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Movie Loft2009TV SeriesHimself
Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal2009TV MovieHimself
Cartelera2008TV SeriesHimself
The Culture Show2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Días de cine2008TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2008TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2002-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Director, Romeo & Juliet
E! True Hollywood Story2007TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Artworks Scotland2005TV Series documentaryHimself (interviewed)
My Shakespeare2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Spinning Around: The Kylie Minogue Story2002TV SpecialHimself
Bollywood for Beginners2002TV Short documentaryHimself (director 'Moulin Rouge')
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Picture
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy & Nominee: Best Director
The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge'2001TV Short documentaryHimself / 'director / co-prod / ...
Rove Live2001TV SeriesHimself
Pop-komissio2001TV SeriesHimself
Baz Luhrmann: The Show Must Go On2001TV MovieHimself
Havoc's Luxury Suites and Conference Facility2001TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Music Behind the Scenes2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
William Shakespeare2000DocumentaryDirector, Romeo & Juliet
Inside Film Awards2000TV SeriesHimself
Leonardo DiCaprio: A Life in Progress1998Video documentaryHimself - Director
Kids of the Cross1983DocumentaryHimself
Pulling No Punches: Rod Taylor2015post-productionHimself
Untitled Tiffany & Co. Documentary2015Documentary completedHimself
4th AACTA Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Advance Australian Film2014DocumentaryHimself - Red Carpet Interview
Muse of Fire2013DocumentaryHimself
Cinema 32008-2013TV SeriesHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hour2013TV SeriesHimself
Show Me the Magic2012DocumentaryHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation2012DocumentaryHimself
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Oh My God2009DocumentaryHimself
Dancing with the Stars2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
The New Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s2009Video documentaryHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Long Way Round2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014AACTA AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest FilmThe Great Gatsby (2013)· Catherine Martin
· Douglas Wick
· Lucy Fisher
· Catherine Knapman
2014AACTA AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectionThe Great Gatsby (2013)
2014AACTA AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Great Gatsby (2013)· Craig Pearce
2010CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsTop Films of the Decade - International CompetitionMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2009François Truffaut AwardGiffoni Film Festival
2008Auteur AwardSatellite Awards
2002Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002MonitorInternational Monitor AwardsTheatrical Releases - Color CorrectionMoulin Rouge! (2001)· David Bernstein (as David H. Bernstein)
2002Sonny Bono Visionary AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2002PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Fred Baron
· Martin Brown
2002RobertRobert FestivalBest Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film)Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Fred Baron
· Martin Brown
2001Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2001Hollywood Movie of the YearHollywood Film AwardsMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2001World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsMost Creative Use of Existing Material on a SoundtrackMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Craig Armstrong
· Marius De Vries
1999Byron Kennedy AwardAustralian Film Institute
1998David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsRomeo + Juliet (1996)
1998BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedRomeo + Juliet (1996)· Craig Pearce
1997Alfred Bauer AwardBerlin International Film FestivalRomeo + Juliet (1996)
1993ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsNewcomer of the YearStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1993Golden AphroditeLove is Folly International Film Festival, BulgariaStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1993RobertRobert FestivalBest Foreign Film (Årets udenlandske spillefilm)Strictly Ballroom (1992)
1992AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectorStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1992AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Screenplay, Original or AdaptedStrictly Ballroom (1992)· Craig Pearce
1992Award of the YouthCannes Film FestivalForeign FilmStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1992Silver HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest First Feature FilmStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1992Truly Moving Picture AwardHeartland FilmStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1992People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1992Most Popular FilmVancouver International Film FestivalStrictly Ballroom (1992)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014AFCA AwardAustralian Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Great Gatsby (2013)
2014AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectionThe Great Gatsby (2013)
2014FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest FilmThe Great Gatsby (2013)· Catherine Martin
· Lucy Fisher
· Catherine Knapman
· Douglas Wick
2014FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest DirectorThe Great Gatsby (2013)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Great Gatsby (2013)· Craig Pearce
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Great Gatsby (2013)
2009AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Original Music ScoreAustralia (2008)· David Hirschfelder
· Felix Meagher
· Angela Little
2009News Limited Readers' Choice AwardAustralian Film InstituteAustralia (2008)· G. Mac Brown
· Catherine Knapman
2009FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest FilmAustralia (2008)· G. Mac Brown
· Catherine Martin
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalAustralia (2008)· Stuart Beattie
· Ronald Harwood
· Richard Flanagan
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original SongAustralia (2008)· Angela Little
· Felix Meagher
· Anton Monsted
2002OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Fred Baron
· Martin Brown
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Martin Brown
· Fred Baron
2002David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Craig Pearce
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Martin Brown
· Fred Baron
2002BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film)Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002Cinema Brazil Grand PrizeCinema Brazil Grand PrizeBest Foreign-Language Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Craig Pearce
2002Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplayMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Craig Pearce
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Fred Baron
· Martin Brown
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Craig Pierce
2002WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Craig Pearce
2001AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectionMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2001AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest FilmMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Martin Brown
· Fred Baron
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2001Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2001IF AwardIF AwardsBest Feature FilmMoulin Rouge! (2001)· Fred Baron (producer)
· Martin Brown (producer)
2001IF AwardIF AwardsBest DirectionMoulin Rouge! (2001)
1998ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearRomeo + Juliet (1996)
1997Best Foreign Film AwardAustralian Film InstituteRomeo + Juliet (1996)· Gabriella Martinelli
1997Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalRomeo + Juliet (1996)
1997Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsRomeo + Juliet (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumRomeo + Juliet (1996)· Craig Pearce
1996Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders)Awards Circuit Community AwardsHonorable MentionsRomeo + Juliet (1996)
1994Golden Precolumbian CircleBogota Film FestivalBest FilmStrictly Ballroom (1992)
1993BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedStrictly Ballroom (1992)· Craig Pearce
1993BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmStrictly Ballroom (1992)· Tristram Miall

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)
2001SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorMoulin Rouge! (2001)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirector of the DecadeMoulin Rouge! (2001)


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#Quote
1[on Beyonce Knowles] She can step onto a stage and draw every single person in the audience into an intimate experience. No one has that voice, no one moves the way she moves, no one can hold an audience the way she does. And she keeps growing and evolving in the ways that she expresses herself as a singer, as a performer and now as a mother. She and Jay Z are the royal couple of culture, and she is the queen bee.
2[on his version of 'The Great Gatsby'] The novel wasn't set in in a period called 'The Minimal Twenties'. It was called 'The Roaring Twenties'. So it had to roar.
3The Red Curtain requires some basics. One is that the audience knows how it will end when it begins, it is fundamental that the story is extremely thin and extremely simple - that is a lot of labor. Then it is set in a heightened, created world. Then there is a device - the heightened world of Strictly Ballroom (1992), Verona Beach. Then there is another device - dance or iambic pentameter or singing, and that's there to keep the audience awake and engaged. The other thing is that this piece was to be a comic tragedy. This is an unusual form, there's been a few goes at it - [like] Dancer in the Dark (2000) - but it's not common in Western cinematic form.
4We went to this huge, ice-cream picture palace to see a Bollywood movie. Here we were, with 2,000 Indians watching a film in Hindi, and there was the lowest possible comedy and then incredible drama and tragedy and then break out in songs. And it was 3-1/2 hours! We thought we had suddenly learnt Hindi, because we understood everything! [Laughter] We thought it was incredible. How involved the audience were. How uncool they were - how their coolness had been ripped aside and how they were united in this singular sharing of the story. The thrill of thinking, "Could we ever do that in the West? Could we ever get past that cerebral cool and perceived cool?" It required this idea of comic-tragedy. Could you make those switches? Fine in Shakespeare - low comedy and then you die in five minutes.
5But above everything else, [William Shakespeare] had to deal with a city of 400,000 people and a theatre that held 4,000 and everyone from the street sweeper upwards. Not unlike your local cineplex, and he used everything possible to arrest and stop that audience - really bawdy comedy and then, wham! Something really beautiful and poetic. Everything we did in Romeo + Juliet (1996) was based on Elizabethan Shakespeare. The fact that there was pop music in it was a Shakespearean thing. We would be fearless about the lowness of the comedy.
6The primary myth part came out of a revelation of the value of [William Shakespeare]. Those are dramas that play to the simple person and the complicated person.
7So, yes, we won for ourselves a criteria, a mantra, which is that we only make what we want to make in the way we want to make it. I believe we make universal stories for the world, but it has an Australian voice, and to maintain that voice you must be connected to your land. So the need to be in Australia motivated us to motivate Fox to build this studio down there, where they now shoot "Star Wars" and "The Matrix", so it's a wonderful facility.
8So we thought, let's look back to a cinematic language where the audience participated in the form. Where they were aware at all times that they were watching a movie, and that they should be active in their experience and not passive. Not being put into a sort of sleep state and made to believe through a set of constructs that they are watching a real-life story through a keyhole. They are aware at all times that they are watching a movie. That was the first step in this theatricalized cinematic form that we now call the Red Curtain.
9There are successes and failures in what we're doing, but that's the road we're walking down - stealing from culture all over the place to write a code so that very quickly the audience can swing from the lowest possible comedy moment to the highest possible tragedy with a bit of music in the middle.
10. . . if you make a film full of risk, studios don't run towards you to give you $50,000,000 in order to reinvent the post-modern musical, I can tell you. If you do manage to cajole them into doing it and you want to maintain the flag of creative freedom, you better make sure that it pays its bill.
11Well, it's pretty hard for them to sack me and put someone in to do iambic pentameter in modern dress, you know? What we've made, we only have one ironclad guarantee every single time, which is it will never work and no one will ever see it. Because it has gone on to more than pay its bill, and, by varying degrees, it has been acclaimed, the notion that the studio interferes . . . I like to engage with them, I don't have a producer . . . 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. But then finally we listen to ourselves.
12That's the only plan I've got - to not have a plan.
13So, what is creative freedom? We can make what we want, how we want. The only constraint is: not for any budget.
14One of the proud moments for us was Robert Wise, who directed The Sound of Music (1965) and West Side Story (1961), he is the great-great-grandfather of musical cinema, and he said, "I've seen Moulin Rouge! (2001) and the musical has been re-invented." I bring this up because you get that kind of thing and that's wonderful.
15There's no doubt that when you're up for an award you want to win, but, finally, art is not a horse race. If Gladiator (2000) was a great film in its form and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) a great film in its form, which is better? They're just different. It's not a horse race. You can't say, you know, "Gladiator" is so much faster!"
16All the films I make are about 60% of what I imagine them to be.

#Trademark
1Films often begin in a comedic manner and end in tragedy
2Uses contemporary music in films set in the pre-20th/21st century.
3Frequently uses bright distinct colors and fast-paced editing

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