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cover: Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann)

Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann)

Director(s): Baz Luhrmann

Theatrical Release: 2001

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham

Genre(s): Drama, musical, romance

Countries: USA, Australia


Location in store: Hollywood > Drama

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Running Time: 128m.

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 (allmovie.com)

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DVD Bonus Features:

! Production commentary with Baz Luhrmann, Cathrine Martin and Don McAlpine

! Writers' commentary with Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce

! Behind The Red Velvet Curtain verison - Interactive feature that lets you glimpse a historical, technical, and artistic view of Moulin Rouge!
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