This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. Credit for this one goes to my blogging colleague, Iba over at I Luv Cinema, who pointed out in a post from last year that a couple of decades have passed on a particular romantic comedy. An Australian film with some surprising dramatic elements that remains quite light on its feet, even twenty years after it first debuted here:
“… directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann and starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. This ballroom dancing romantic comedy/drama was the first in Luhrmann’s “theater” trilogy – the other two films being Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge.”
The Courtyard 10:
Images c/o Cinema Treasures site
January 9, 1993: Even if you love where you live, you still need to get away from it from time-to-time. I began to do exactly that fairly early. Right after I got my drivers license in high school, in actuality. First to Santa Barbara in the north with friends one weekend, a trip that continues to stick in my mind. Never what I’d consider a long car excursion, though. Two- to three-hour jaunts fit just right.
I know. I’m a mileage wimp. Still, spending more time there than on the road was the goal. And it kept me more than happy since S.B., San Diego (toward the south), and later Santa Catalina island in the west (just off the coast) were within that compass limit. Yet, it has been in the east where I’ve spent most three-day getaway weekends. Specifically, in the desert communities of the Coachella Valley.
Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and of course, Palm Springs were the destination. Luckily, the woman I married enjoyed doing just that, too. Pre- and post-kids, it’s still our practice. On this trip, it was our first so early in the year, and in the midst of winter. The ‘on’ season for visitors and tourists. No wonder organizers traditionally set the Palm Springs Film Festival for this time.
We hadn’t planned for it, though. Just saw the fest listed in the local newspaper after we arrived and decided to take in a film at the nearby Courtyard 10. Notwithstanding, Strictly Ballroom was a hit in its native Australia the year before, but didn’t land in the U.S. till this very year. In point of fact, this one headlined that international film celebration. Turned out to be one the best things we ever did in the desert.