Saltwater screens ‘Strictly Ballroom’

Sep 13, 2013
Tara Morice and Paul Mercurio star in “Strictly Ballroom.”

Thomaston — The Saltwater Film Society will screen “Strictly Ballroom” Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Thomaston Public Library, in the Thomaston Academy building at 60 Main St./Route 1.

A 1992 film directed by Baz Luhrmann, this wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment.

Before he is scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he is forced to take up a new partner (Tara Morice), a beginner who initially seems without promise. With his help, she turns into an assured and wonderful dancer.

Luhrmann's visual style may be too bright, gaudy and exaggerated for some tastes, but he treats his characters with compassion, which makes “Strictly Ballroom” an engaging comedy.

Admission is free, although donations are gladly accepted. For more information about the Saltwater Film Society, visit saltwaterfilmsociety.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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