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Moulin Rouge


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Oct 19, 2010

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Baz Luhrmann


Ewan MacGregor Nicole Kidman


2001 20th Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: Moulin Rouge.

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Overall C-
Run Time97

Making the Grades

Truth, beauty, freedom, and love: these were the ideals of the Bohemian revolution (a prequel to the Hippie Era) that began at the end of the 1800's. Fleeing the constraints of a moral society, adventurous or disgraced socialites, artists, writers, and rebellious sons of the European middle-class made their way to a seedy suburb of Paris and a naughty nightclub named after its trademark red windmill--the Moulin Rouge.

Moulin Rouge - Official site The fictitious Christian (Ewan McGregor), is a young writer who pursues his career in the ill reputed neighborhood. Lending his creative talent to his neighbors' efforts to write a musical show, Christian is selected to convince Satine (Nichol Kidman), star of the Moulin Rouge, to play the lead so they can sell the concept to Zidler (Jim Broadbent), the club's owner. But Zidler has other plans for the coveted courtesan (a polite name for prostitute with an upscale clientele) whom he's promised to the Duke (Richard Roxburgh) in exchange for financial support. When introductions turn into mistaken identities, the results are sexual innuendo, falling in love with the wrong man, a gun chase and... a rock musical?

Moulin Rouge - Official site Like a jukebox with a short circuit, Director Baz Luhrmann creates song, dance, and dialogue by piecing together over thirty popular songs from the twentieth century. His quirky anachronisms range from The Sound Of Music to Like A Virgin, and induce a feeling of deja vu.

Moulin Rouge - Official site Meanwhile the love triangle is played against a continual burlesque show of garish carnival characters, gaudy lingerie-clad women, close-ups of CanCan dancers' pelvic action, depictions of alcohol and drug use (including Absinthe - a popular bohemian hallucinogenic beverage), prostitutes, cross-dressers, and abundant sexual banter.

Although the film "can can" show beauty exchanged for sensuality, love reduced to prostitution, bohemian freedom trapping Satine into longingly singing "One Day I'll Fly Away," and the bitter truth: "Don't fall in love with a woman who sells herself- it always ends bad," young sentimental viewers may miss these messages in the movie's romantic music and hypnotic elements. Parents concerned about the abundant sexual content should say "don't don't " to Moulin Rouge.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Moulin Rouge.

The Moulin Rouge has been an infamous part of Parisian nightlife since it opened its doors in 1889 and actually had a large elephant with a room inside it. Toulouse Lautrec (portrayed in this film), a famous artist that came out of the bohemian movement, was a frequent visitor to the cabaret. His life, shortened by alcohol addiction, is credited for establishing anti-socialism as a stereotype for the modern artist.

Do you feel artistic people must abandon mainstream society and use mind-altering substances to be creative? Can you think of any famous people who have followed Luatrec’s formula for success, who have also had their lives end tragically?

Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes
AB PG Suggestive Scenes
MB Not Rated Not Recommended for ChildrenMature Theme.
ON Not Rated Mature Theme

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Moulin Rouge...

Moulin Rouge releases on Blu-ray on November 19, 2010. The disc includes:

- New High Definition Transfer

- Picture-in-Picture Mode (with Audio Commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce)

- Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Stills

- Featurette: A Creative Adventure, Introduction by Baz Luhrmann, and A Word from Baz

-Uncut Footage from the Bazmark Vault: Father & Son (A Look at an Alternate Opening) and Nicole Kidman’s First Vocal Test.

- Production Featurettes and Interviews: The Stars, The Writers, The Design, The Dance, The Music and The Cutting Room

- The Making of Moulin Rouge.


DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001

DVD Extras for Mouiin Rouge:

Theatrical trailers

Production & Writing commentary

Behind the scenes

HBO special - Making Of Moulin Rouge

Star featurettes: Early screenplay drafts, Extended scenes & re-cut dance sequences, Dance pre-shoots.

>Music videos and MTV live performance

Design and marketing gallery

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