The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club's patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to ...
stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine...
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 Ã©poque 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.
Parijs, 1899: De jonge schrijver Christian reist af naar Montmartre en raakt bevriend met enkele Boheemse artiesten, die een levensstijl van vrijheid, waarheid, schoonheid en liefde naleven. De artiesten proberen een show te verkopen aan de Moulin Rouge, wiens eigenaar een goede show nodig heeft om van de nachtclub een echt theater te kunnen maken. De graaf die dit mogelijk moet maken wil de exclusieve aandacht van Satine, de ster van de Moulin Rouge. Zij krijgt echter een relatie met Christian.
Critic Consensus :A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.
The mood of Moulin Rouge is stylized, offbeat, and sentimental. The plot centers around tragic love, the life of a performer, and social differences. It is a romance, period, and musical movie. Stylistically, Moulin Rouge is postmodernist, is surreal, and involves twists and turns. In approach, it is realistic. The pacing is fast. Moulin Rouge takes place, at least partly, at a nightclub. The setting is Paris. It happens in the 19th century. The musical score of Moulin Rouge is pop. The movie is known for being a modern classic, essential viewing, and critically acclaimed. It is especially suggested for a date ni...