Saturday, October 30, 2010

128. Strictly Ballroom (1992)


A life lived in fear is a life half lived.

In 1997, Hollywood producers put their trust in a director who had never directed a movie in the United States to helm a version of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" starring up and comers Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes set in a present day (sorta) Verona Beach with a 14 million dollar budget. This movie is why they felt their money would be safe. Most people have probably seen "Romeo & Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge", but the first part of Baz Luhrmann's "Red Curtain Trilogy" is criminally underseen. This movie may not have any big name stars, everyone speaks with a heavy Aussie accent (I suggest using closed captions), and its main subject is competitive ballroom dancing, but this is one of the sweetest, quirkiest underdog stories of all time. The main character, Fran, is one that everyone can relate to, but especially anyone who has ever been told that they are too ugly, too fat, too slow, or too clumsy to succeed.

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