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May 15, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"I'm a cultural, not a religious Jew, but when I smell anti-Semitism I become more Jewish than ever," director Sidney Lumet says firmly. "And that's one of the reasons I wanted to do this picture." That would be "A Stranger Among Us," Lumet's 38th, which is officially in competition in the Cannes Film Festival. The story of a tough (is there any other kind?
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February 10, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Like Fred Astaire in "Easter Parade" and Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing," Australian dance star Paul Mercurio plays a dancer who suddenly loses his partner in the comedy "Strictly Ballroom," opening Friday at the Goldwyn Pavilion and Cineplex Beverly Center. And like Astaire and Swayze, Mercurio chooses the unlikeliest replacement, Tara Morice, who initially seems virtually shapeless, sexless and terminally tongue-tied.
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February 10, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Like Fred Astaire in "Easter Parade" and Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing," Australian dance star Paul Mercurio plays a dancer who suddenly loses his partner in the comedy "Strictly Ballroom," opening Friday at the Goldwyn Pavilion and Cineplex Beverly Center. And like Astaire and Swayze, Mercurio chooses the unlikeliest replacement, Tara Morice, who initially seems virtually shapeless, sexless and terminally tongue-tied.
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May 15, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"I'm a cultural, not a religious Jew, but when I smell anti-Semitism I become more Jewish than ever," director Sidney Lumet says firmly. "And that's one of the reasons I wanted to do this picture." That would be "A Stranger Among Us," Lumet's 38th, which is officially in competition in the Cannes Film Festival. The story of a tough (is there any other kind?
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April 25, 2014 | By John Horn
SYDNEY, Australia - The video playing on the television inside Baz Luhrmann's bedroom was supposed to be much steamier. But where there should have been desirous bumping and prurient grinding, the couples were remarkably chaste, as if they had been ordered to abstain from all manner of randy moves. "Look at this," the filmmaker behind "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Great Gatsby" said from the foot of his bed. "You couldn't get any more sexless. " Working inside the creative compound he calls Iona in Sydney's arty Darlinghurst neighborhood, Luhrmann was sitting with a reporter, reviewing news clips from 1980s Australian ballroom dancing competitions, whose judges favored technique over passion.
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