There are demanding moments, as with “Moulin Rouge!”, when Mr. Luhrmann and Ms. Martin discovered a fax somebody unintentionally left within the machine with an pressing plea to the studio to come back and take over as a result of “Baz is out of control.” But if it isn’t impossibly troublesome to beginning, it isn’t Baz-y.

C.M., as Ms. Martin is thought, brings her husband’s enchanted worlds to life with opulent units and costumes. She admitted that the size of Mr. Luhrmann’s desires, wanting to seek out “the best of the best of the best,” can depart her feeling like Harrison Ford operating to flee the boulder in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

During the primary week in May, Mr. Luhrmann was racing to complete mixing and modifying on “Elvis” for its premiere at Cannes this weekend, a month earlier than its huge launch on June 24. He was flying from Australia, the place the film was made, to New York to Los Angeles and again to New York earlier than going to France. And he was additionally serving to to direct the Met Gala and strolling the pink carpet sporting a Prada “Elvis decorative aesthetic” outfit, as he put it, accompanied by Priscilla Presley, uncannily on the arm of the movie’s Elvis, the 30-year-old Austin Butler.

Mr. Luhrmann, who calls himself a “research nut,” wrote the screenplay with three different writers. He goes into complete immersion on his movies, surrounding himself with excavations from the world he’s creating, from drapes to wardrobe to pictures.

During “Gatsby,” he mentioned, laughing, “I think we went a bit far with the speakeasy part of it.” He and Ms. Martin additionally flew to England so they might steam into New York on an ocean liner, like Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

On the afternoon of our interview, Mr. Luhrmann, whippet-thin at 59, was sporting flared black Celine denims and Acne Western boots, a Prada sweater in a blue that Elvis favored, a double diamond ring, a replica of Elvis’s “E.P.” ring, a string of pearls and a gold “TCB” necklace with a diamond lightning bolt, a riff on the jewellery worn by Elvis and the Memphis Mafia that signified “Taking Care of Business” quick. And he confirmed off a reproduction of the bejeweled belt with gold chains that Elvis wore onstage within the ’70s.