It's hard to know where to start... "Moulin Rouge" is a famous nightclub in Paris, built in 1889. Even now, it is still a huge tourist attraction, as it reportedly retains its turn-of-the-last-century flavour in its architecture and its fare. The movie is set at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in 1889. It is a wonderful place, full of spectacle, with lots of vibrant colour. The main attraction is the bevy of dancing girls doing the can-can and other dances with high kicks that were considered risqué back in the day. The plot goes something like this. Christian (Ewan McGregor) is an idealistic young English writer who comes to Paris to join in on all the fun and excitement of the "bohemian revolution" that he has heard so much about. He manages to hook up with a group of bohemians who are trying to produce a play for the Moulin Rouge. When they discover that he writes a lot better than they do, they make him the head writer for their project. When the bohemians go to present...(Read More...)
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Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrman, 2001)
Special Effects (4)
Length & Pace (5)
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh.
Synopsis: A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.
Tagline: No Laws. No Limits. One Rule. Never Fall In Love.
Classification: PG for sexual content.
Release date: 5 July 2001 (Singapore)
Running time: 127min
Links: IMDb Profile http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203009/
Awards: Won 2 Oscars - art direction-set decoration, costume design. Nom. for 6 Oscars - best picture, lead actress, cinematography, film editing, sound, makeup. Nom. for Golden Palm (Cannes).
Categories: Drama, Musical, Romance
There’s so much chaos thrown at you during the first 10 minutes or so of MOULIN ROUGE! that you either lose interest or continue on intrigued. If you continue on, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most visually amazing films of the decade and a decadent musical (and this is coming from someone who detest musicals). Nicole Kidman is a wilting flower hiding under a smoldering temptress’ can-can outfit, while Ewan Mcgregor love-sick penniless writer gives what may be, the most affecting and most powerful portray of someone truly madly deeply in love. By the time the curtain falls and his heart breaks, yours breaks right along with his.(Read More...)
The final film of his ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’ which includes his debut, Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! is without question, the most accomplished Baz Luhrmann picture thus far. Winning two Oscars for Art Direction-Set Decoration and Costume Design, and nominated for six other Oscars including Best Picture, Moulin Rouge! premiered at Cannes to rousing critical acclaim. It redefined the modern musical and was perhaps an influence in Rob Marshall’s Chicago (2002) winning the Best Picture the following year. Moulin Rouge! stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in leading roles as forbidden lovers. McGregor plays Christian, a low-key writer of plays who moves to Paris in search for writing opportunities. He stumbles onto an underground circus of sorts, a strange, erotic arena where eccentric people in weird costumes party and dance away into the night. Welcome to the Moulin Rouge, Paris 1890s. Kidman’s Satine is...(Read More...)
I don’t care what you people say, I FREAKIN’ LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! Satine (Nicole Kidman), the star of the Moulin Rouge and the city’s most famous courtesan, is caught between the love of a young writer and another man’s obsession. Christian (Ewan McGregor) is a writer who finds himself plunged into this decadent world where anything goes – except falling in love. When it comes to some of the greatest musicals of all-time, I think this would have a nice spot on my list. I love this movie just because of how it is, without being anything else. Director Baz Luhrmann is the real star of this movie because he doesn’t follow all these other musicals that are known. He uses licensed songs such as “Like A Virgin”, “Heroes”, and “Your Song”. The film isn’t afraid to be silly when it needs to but its not all the fun that gets this film really at me, its more about the true story of love. The film is so original with...(Read More...)
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