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Moulin Rouge (2001)

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, more...
Director: Baz Luhrmann, Baz Luhrmann
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Foreign, Musicals, Australia & New Zealand
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English
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The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet (1996). Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), who introduces him to a world of sex, drugs, music, theater, and the scandalous dance known as the cancan, all at the Moulin Rouge, a decadent dance hall, brothel, and theater that's the brainchild of Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent). Christian also meets and falls into a tragically doomed romance with the courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), who becomes the star of the play he's writing, which parallels the couple's romance and utilizes rock music from a century later, including songs by Nirvana, Madonna, the Beatles, and Queen, among others. Loosely based on the opera Orpheus in the Underworld, Moulin Rouge was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Production Commentary with Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Don McAlpine
  • Writers' Commentary with Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
  • Behind the Red Velvet Curtain Version: Interactive feature that lets you glimpse a historical, technical, and artistic view of Moulin Rouge
This disc contains the feature.

GreenCine Member Ratings

Moulin Rouge (2001)
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6.17 (1058 votes)
Moulin Rouge: Bonus Disc (2001)
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7.32 (40 votes)

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A movie of awesome badness by RHorton January 7, 2004 - 5:56 PM PST
4 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Easliy one of the most annoying, pompus and fustian movies I have ever seen. Some films come into the world without great ambitions, and when they fail in them, it's in a moderate, temperate way. This bloated, horrid, shrieking, windbag of a film is otherwise. Pretension is writ large in every mocked-up Toulouse Lautrec characature set.

It was when Nicole and Ewan, the Belle Epoque left back sweeties, broke out for the third time with the chorus of Elton John's "Your Song" that I walked.

But interestingly, as I made my way, stomach heaving, from the theater, I found a napkin with handwriting upon it. I take it to be some ambitious young member of the MPAA's notes on the film, sribbled I presume while watching it. I offer it here as a curiousity:

"Huh? What? Look at that. Kidman is singing a Madonna song now... ummm... horrible... but, wait, the movie is set a hundred years ago. How can that be?
Oh, oh, I know!! The director is saying that the products of popular culture - like Madonna - speak to eternal sentiments of the human heart! I change my mind. It's not stupid -- it's clever! I love it!!!!"

How long can you suspend disbelief before it loses its grasp and crashes to the ground? by spazgirl December 23, 2002 - 2:27 PM PST
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This one was definitely not on my radar when it came out in the theater, and when we would see it in the video store, we would jokingly say that we could rent it and then we would laugh ironically like the jaded freaks we are. See, the only thing I knew about the film before I saw it was that (1) it starred Nicole Kidman (not a particular fave) and she sang throughout the movie, (2) it is a musical set in 1900 but uses modern music, and (3) people either loved it or hated it. I thought I was supposed to hate it, but I guess I was wrong.

Now, that doesn't mean that I loved it; I loved the first hour or so, but once the music and the pace stopped being frenetic and the plot turned to the major bummer part, I started to lose interest. In fact, I kept looking forward to Satine's death (this is not really a spoiler, as our charming narrator lets us know that she's going to die about 5 minutes into the movie) so that the whole thing could finally come to an end. The first hour is bright and energetic and saturated with intense colors; the second hour is dark and slow and pretty much drags its tired behind all the way to the closing credits. That said, there are some definite plusses that are totally enjoyable if you are willing to completely suspend disbelief (and keep suspending it and suspending it...) And here they are, in my humble opinion and in no particular order and definitely not inclusive of everything I thought about as I watched it: It's eye candy of the highest order; Ewan can *sing* and he's just adorable to watch; the production - from the sets to the costumes to the overall design - is incredible and extensive (watch the credits to see how many people were involved in this thing); it's cleverly crafted in many ways, including the use of song lyrics as dialogue that moves the plot forward and the blending of computer animation with regular film techniques (I'm not a techie, so I don't know the terms, but it's cool to see); and if you let yourself go, the dance scenes are a lot of fun.

A note from the other camp: the other half of "we" refused to set foot in the room when I was watching the film and the special features, and when he overheard "Lady Marmalade" for the umpteenth time or walked through the room and saw Ewan singing "Your Song" he rolled his eyes and made it perfectly clear that he thought I was nuts.

Guilty pleasure by MSNmedia June 11, 2002 - 8:15 AM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
How cool is it to hear great arrangements of songs by the likes of Madonna, David Bowie and Nirvana in a setting around 1900. Gotta love that! (I sure did) It was great to try to identify all the snippets of songs in the film)

Also, Nicole Kidman was a total babe in this film, and it was really cool to watch Ewen McGregor sing and then watch him as Obi Wan. Can't imagine two more different roles, and yet he pulls them both off.

This was a cool film. Watch till the end. And then watch the credits.

More reviews for titles in this product:

Cannes Film Festival & More - 2001
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Hal Hartley Hits and Other Kicks (Of Mine)
Great Movies Spanning Many Genres

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