A Comprehensive List Of Baz Luhrmann's Most Iconic Music Moments
To celebrate his Netflix series about the NYC 70s hip-hop scene.
The teaser trailer for Baz Luhrmann's Netflix series The Get Down has been released today and it looks like the iconic Aussie director's opulent, theatrical, fab-u-lous style is very much in tact. The series will explore the musical world of 1970s New York jumping from hip-hop crews to CGBG to Studio 54.
"I've been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture," says Baz who has been working on the idea for ten years. "I'm thrilled to be working with my partners at Sony and collaborating with a team of extraordinary writers and musicians, many of whom grew up with and lived the story we've set out to tell."
The series will follow "a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers [who] are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans," according to Netflix.
The network has ordered 13 episodes of the series under the executive production of Baz and The Shield's Shawn Ryan. It will premier in 2016.
Old mate 'king of the party scene' Baz is no stranger to a good old fashioned boogie. His soundtrack choices and music related moments in film are iconic. Here's some of our faves.
'Young Hearts Run Free' — Mercutio, Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Lets start off with the most fabulous musical moment from Baz's brilliant '96 version of Romeo and Juliet. This movie's entire soundtrack is pure genius but this Kym Mazelle banger will always remind us of how good this movie and babyfaced Leo is.
'Time After Time' — Strictly Ballroom (1992)
In this extended scene from Strictly Ballroom, Scott brings Fran out of her shell by performing a classic movie makeover — removing a girl's glasses to reveal a brand new and improved superstar of a human. The pair make shapes in front of an old school Coke sign and make us feel happiness.
probably definitely also inspired this.
'Your Song' — Christian, Moulin Rouge (2001)
This movie is full of excellent music but this passionate offering from Ewen McGregor still brings a tear to our eye. No one will will ever be more in love than these two dancing on clouds.
It also gave us this. Thank you Baz!
'Love fool' and 'Talk Show Host' — Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Couldn't not include these. 'Lovefool' plays to Juliet thinkin' bout Romeo while he's off getting the priest to agree to marry them. The songs are overwhelmingly bittersweet because we all know how the story ends. ~Dramatic Irony~
Radiohead wrote this after they saw the scene of Claire Danes holding a Colt 45 to her head. It happens just as young Romeo falls to his knees and cries upon receiving dumb Balthasar's news that Juliet is dead.
'Young and Beautiful' — The Great Gatsby (2013)
This très modern song sets the scene for a frivolous old Leo (Gatsby) to flaunt his wealth to Daisey (Carey Mulligan).
'Love is in the Air' — Strictly Ballroom (1992)
The final scene from this Aussie classic and the perfect way to end our Baz tribute <3