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
Spectacular, spectacular picture-in-picture mode with audio commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce and featuring behind-the-scenes footage and stills
All-new featurette a creative adventure and introduction by Baz Luhrmann A Word from Baz
Uncut footage from the Bazmark Vault including:
-Father & Son - a look at an alternate opening
-Nicole Kidman's first vocal test
Production featurettes and interviews: The Stars, The Writers, The Design, The Dance, The Music and The Cutting Room
I have loved this movie since it was first released and had bought the DVD when it first came out. Getting it on Blu Ray was a huge upgrade in terms of picture quality. After spending a load of time in Paris over the past few years and seeing the actual Moulin Rouge this film always will have a special place in my heart.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Reminiscent of Some Operas
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I did not know anything about this movie going into it so it started out seeming weird. But then I began to get it. It's a lot of seemingly random popular songs we've all heard stitched together to tell the story of a love triangle involving a poor man, a courtesan (very high end call girl), and a rich count. What will win -- love or money? It's a cliff hanger. Its tragic theme will remind you of operas such as La Traviata and La Boheme. I'd watch it again.