Strictly Ballroom (1992)
US: 94 min • Miramax • DVD
The classic tale of boy meets girl set against the cut-throat world of ballroom dancing. It’s Baz Luhrmann untainted.
Everything about Strictly Ballroom is vibrant; the strong lighting and use of extreme close-ups, the mix of traditional and modern music, the heart pounding choreography, the vivid colours of the sets and costumes, and the energy of characters themselves, whooften flirt with caricature but are never so outlandish that they become unbelievable.