Baz Luhrmann Quotes

Biography

Author Profession: Director

Nationality: Australian

Born: September 17, 1962


My father made sure that I had lots of levels of education – from ballroom-dancing to painting, commando training, theatre and magic.

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Father, Dancing, Magic


I am always worried when someone says, ‘This is perfect.’

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Perfect, Worried, Cool,


Why live life from dream to dream, and dread the day when dreaming ends.

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Dream, Live Life, Ends


In the ’80s, everyone wanted to be in opera. It was groovy.

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Opera, Groovy, Wanted


So, what is creative freedom? We can make what we want, how we want. The only constraint is: not for any budget.

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Creative, Want, Constraints


I grew up around jazz. I love jazz.

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Jazz, Grew Up, Grew


Having grown up far, far away in a small country town in Australia, I was only slightly aware of hip-hop.

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Country, Australia, Hip Hop


One of my great all-time loves in cinema, and I’ve seen it three times, is Bondarchuk’s ‘War and Peace.’ Not a lot of people may have seen that film. It was made during the Soviet era.

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War, People, Three


Opera was the cinema of its time, so to bring back that popular appeal, you just need to unleash its visceral immediacy and excitement. Most productions don’t manage that – but when an opera does do it, you never forget it.

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Doe, Needs, Cinema


At a very young age I was allowed to go into the cinema and watch adult films.

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Age, Adults, Watches


In 1977, hip-hop literally wasn’t outside the boroughs. But I was profoundly aware of the city through films like Saturday Night Fever, The French Connection, and Network. I had a friend who visited New York, and I asked him what it was like. He said, “Oh, it’s great. Just wear a coat and don’t look anyone in the eye.”

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New York, Eye, Night


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.

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Directors, Hollywood, Speak


Australia, to the rest of the world, is just far away, and Australia in the Thirties was the faraway of the faraway,

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Australia, World, Far Away


The food in Sydney is an Asian Pacific cuisine. It’s eclectic but above all it’s fresh, inventive and creative and that’s what I love about it.

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Creative, Asian, Cuisine


The party is a true art form in Sydney and people practise it a great deal. You can really get quite lost in it.

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Art, People, Lost


The cold-audition process is not a science, so I ignore that.

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Auditions, Cold, Process


Some of the greatest relationship films of all time, the two stars have hated each other, but mostly you see that chemistry.

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Stars, Two, Chemistry


Look, I had a passion for comic books growing up.

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Growing Up, Book, Passion


I mean the future has become old fashioned.

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Mean, Old Fashioned


I mean, ‘8 ½’ to me is such a great dissertation on the whole, you know, act of filmmaking and creativity.

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Creativity, Mean, Filmmaking