Strictly Ballroom, Do Experiences Limit or Enriches Ones Choices? “An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich of limit their experience of belonging.”
It is a fundamental human need to achieve a sense of belonging through interactions with other individuals and the world. It is through such interactions in with which our experience of belonging is limited and yet can also be enriched. In Baz Luhrmann's’ film, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ these limitations and interactions are explored through a broad range of characters, influences and settings. The film shows two main worlds in which these characters and settings are apart of. One is the Dance Federation world and the other being its basic parallel, the world of Spanish culture. Thus this is perceived in the opening sequence when Fran’s isolation is shown with a paused close up shot, the ‘Toledo Milk Bar Scene’ when Scott undergoes a new sense of belonging and in the final scene when Fran’s transformation is shown. Other texts that implements this idea of belonging limiting or enrich their experience is, ‘The Scream’ by painter Edvard Munch and ‘Caught in the Crowd’ by artist Kate Miller.
Throughout the opening sequence Luhrmann effectively shows us how an individuals actions can limit their experience in belonging. This is conveyed through the characterization of Fran who is isolated in the world of ballroom dancing, as she has no dance partner. This limits her experience of belonging as she does not have the opportunity to to conform like the other characters. The paused close up shot of Fran’s face is a powerful method of positioning the audiences view of Fran and conveys how she is an outcast in comparison with the other dancers. The close up shot emphasis how this limits her experience and how she does not belong to the dance federation and further highlights the contrasts between herself and other characters. In the world of ballroom dancing she is a figure with out an...
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