Baz Luhrmann has evolved inhis techniques, because everything in “Strictly Ballroom” are now done, buteven better. Every element; such as colour, costumes, “glits”, glam and gossipare way more over the top and the character’s emotions are now more focalisedand we can see every detail and every emotion in their face. In the one scene where allthe lead characters are together in one room where everything is revealed, wesee a more focused camera technique. Every time someone would say something,the camera would be right in their face. Showing every single detail of theirface and their emotion. Baz Luhrmanndoes this to show the audience how each character exactly feels in that exactmoment.
Baz Luhrmann’s filmtechniques grew exponentially from “Strictly Ballroom” to “The Great Gatsby.” Wesee this in Gatsby when some elements would be small in his other films, arenow big and more focused on. In “Gatsby”, there are many parties thrown by MrGatsby, and in these parties people wear fancy clothing, drinking a lot ofalcohol and a lot of gossiping. All these wear bigger and made bigger in “TheGreat Gatsby.” People want to impress others, so they wear their best clothingitems to live the superficial lifestyle. People drink a lot of alcohol andgossip a lot at these parties to also show the superficial lifestyle, but italso shows how “over the top” Luhrmann goes to portray characters and theirlives.
Another example in “StrictlyBallroom” where we see the use of costume is with Fran. Fran is a very shy andconservative person that everyone pushes around in the beginning of the film. Wecan see this in the costume she wears. She always wore tights with a randomshirt while all the other dancers were wearing appropriate dancing attire. We seea change in Fran though.
Once her and Scott start having dance lessonstogether, she starts becoming more confident. She would now speak when normallyshe wouldn’t utter a word. Her style has changed; she starts to wear moreappropriate clothing. Although, Fran is also someone that wants to startdancing new steps, just like Scott. At the end of the film, she wears a traditionalSpanish dancing dress. This shows us her heritage, her family is Spanish, butalso she wants to be different.
This shows us the clear theme of wanting to bedifferent.In “Strictly Ballroom”, thecostumes are used to portray the characters dancing style. The dancers that arevery serious about their dance life will wear a costume that shows that they area serious dancer, for example; Scott wears a smart black and white suit in allthe dance competitions.
However he changes into a gold Spanish costume at theend to show that he is a different dancer compared to everyone else. Scott doesnot want to dance the same old usual steps, that is why he wants to dancedifferent steps compared to everyone else and we see this in the costume hewears in the end.In the films “StrictlyBallroom” and “The Great Gatsby”, directed by Baz Luhrmann, the use of colourand costumes are excellently done because it assists the viewers inunderstanding the characters. In bothfilms, the characters are dressed in very eccentric attire, to portray the typeof character they are. Baz Luhrmann has evolved in his filmic techniques,themes, colours and costumes. It is evident in “The Great Gatsby.”