Moulin Rouge!

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Another post-modern mix of myth, musical, comedy, romance and unfettered pastiche from the impressively inventive Luhrmann, here ransacking pop culture's iconographic archives - rather than the real Paris of 1900 - to mount a hyperkinetic update of the Orpheus myth. Naive, lovelorn writer/composer Christian (McGregor) is taken up by bohemians like Toulouse-Lautrec to put on a show at the scandalous showplace of the title, where courtesan/torch singer Satine (Kidman) will do anything - even sleep with a dodgy Duke - to further her acting career, especially if pressed by the club proprietor (Broadbent) - until, that is, she meets Christian, and her heart melts. A Red Shoes-style fable of love and art in conflict with commerce and power, it's luridly stunning to look at even if it's cut a little too quickly and insistently for its own good. It's also jam-packed with allusions and gags, and performed with enormous gusto. If it lacks the emotional punch of Luhrmann's earlier films, and drags towards the end, it is still great fun.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Thursday February 14 2013
Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Screenwriter: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Cast: Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor
John Leguizamo
Jim Broadbent
Richard Roxburgh
Garry McDonald
Jacek Koman
Kylie Minogue

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Giuseppe Paolo Mazzarello

HARD TIMES FOR SATINE Christian is a penniless writer. He comes to the Moulin Rouge and meets its star Satine. She thinks he is rich and starts to seduce him, then she knows the truth and changes idea. Toulouse-Lautrec, Bohemians' chief, enrols Christian in their club to write their plot. The Satine's manager has already enrolled the star in his club. Finally, a true rich gets but satine has fallen in love with Christian. Tubercolosis has the last word. In "La Traviata", Violetta tells her love has been defeated only by her illness. In "Moulin Rouge", Satine seems to be defeated by something else. This movie has had audience and Oscars. Its plot is modern though there is the old Can-Can in the background. Maybe this dance is too wild, but is representative. Well, there are also another dances.