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SUBJECTS — Dance; World/Australia;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Breaking Out; Talent;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.
Age: 9+; MPAA Rating: PG; Comedy; 1992; 94 minutes; Color.
We can't say enough good things about Strictly Ballroom. How about: "It's one of the ten best films ever made." "It's a film that can lead people to transform their lives." "It has multiple layers of meaning. Each time you see it (and it's entertaining on the 10th or the 20th viewing), you can see something new." All of these accolades are true.
The plot revolves around Scott, 17 or 18 years of age, whose family helps run a ballroom dance studio in a working class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia. Scott's mother was once a national ballroom dance champion and now teaches. Scott has also won awards for his dancing and he's on track for a national championship this year. But in the months before the final competition, several unexpected events occur. Scott starts to change ....
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Strictly Ballroom is a great work of art. It deals with issues of dreams achieved and disappointed, growing up, romantic relations, and more.
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Description: This hilarious comedy will inspire young people to develop their talents to the fullest, show the complex relationships that can develop in a family, and demonstrate how self-interest can pervert institutions from their apparent purposes. Strictly Ballroom is so powerful and engaging that it can transform lives by awakening an interest in dance in the most unlikely places.
A multi-layered work of art, this film reveals new levels of meaning each time it is seen. Entire families, ages eight to sixty love this motion picture. Strictly Ballroom is director Baz Luhrmann's best piece of work, head and shoulders above Moulin Rouge. We can't say enough good things about this film.
Benefits: Strictly Ballroom will also introduce children to the world of competitive ballroom dancing and to flamenco. We know of one boy who discovered a strong interest in flamenco by watching this film. Other viewers have become fascinated with ballroom dancing.
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