Set in 1899, this musical drama from director Baz Luhrmann ("Romeo + Juliet") stars Ewan McGregor as a young poet who begins a passionate but doomed affair with the most famous courtesan in Paris (Nicole Kidman).
This is a visually stunning film that takes your breath away. It stars Nicole Kidman as 'Satine'the 'sparkling diamond' courtesan at the Moulin Rouge, and Ewan McGregor as 'Christian' the poor but 'oh so talented writer' who comes to Paris to discover love. Directed by Baz Luhrmann this is a musical where we are shown another world, or 'underworld' as described by the brilliant Jim Broadbent the owner of the Moulin Rouge. The story involves the leading protagonists falling in love despite Satine's opinion that she cannot fall in love as she is merely a courtesan who's job it is is to make men believe she loves them. In a wonderful scene on top of an elephant(yes, really) in the grounds of the Moulin Rouge Satine and Christian sing a medley of songs incorporating hits by the likes of U2 and David Bowie, we are shown what talented singers they are (Baz made them really sing to each other, no voice doubles here).The spanner in the works lies with the 'Duke' brilliantly played by an unrecognisable Richard Roxburgh, who also falls in love with Satine, and so decides to invest in the nightclub and turn it into an all-singing all-dancing theatre,on the condition that Satine sleeps with him on the opening night of the new show.
For the first time in her life Satine decides she is really in love with Christian and can't fulfil her side of the bargain. Not wishing to give away the storyline things go from bad to worse in unimaginable ways so you need to view this with a box of tissues ready.... think Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, La Boheme.
Moulin Rouge is the perfect film for a dark winters night if you love musicals, romantic movies and sumptuous songs and gorgeous Nicole and Ewan. Craig Armstrong's outstanding orchestrations combined with the wildly original screenplay make this the most highly recommended film. And don't forget to watch out for Kylie!
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