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Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann (2001)

122min
12 Certificate
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This musical drama represents the fruit of four years' labour for director Baz Luhrmann and brings what he calls his "Red Curtain" trilogy to a suitably colourful and theatrical close after the success of Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet. The time, the effort and the sweat are all up there on the screen in this opulent, no-holds-barred and multilayered movie. It revolves around a simple story: struggling writer Ewan McGregor falls in love with beautiful courtesan Nicole Kidman at the famous Parisian nightclub of the title, but their love is threatened by her tuberculosis, as well as the fact she is betrothed to unscrupulous duke Richard Roxburgh. This is wrapped up in such an audacious mix of traditional and contemporary song - including David Bowie, Elton John, Madonna and Nirvana - and staged with a near-insane visual ambition, you will either fall in love with every camp flourish, or find yourself exhausted after 20 minutes. It's a singular achievement either way.

Summary

An idealistic writer is drawn to the decadent backstreets of Paris, determined to play a part in the bohemian revolution. He falls for a courtesan from the famous Moulin Rouge, but a scheming duke also covets her affections, setting the scene for tragedy. Baz Luhrmann's romantic musical, with Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh and John Leguizamo. Featuring reworkings of pop songs by Nirvana, David Bowie, Elton John and others.

Cast & Crew

Satine Nicole Kidman
Christian Ewan McGregor
Toulouse-Lautrec John Leguizamo
Zidler Jim Broadbent
Duke of Worcester Richard Roxburgh
Doctor Garry McDonald
Unconscious Argentinian Jacek Koman
Satie Matthew Whittet
Green Fairy Kylie Minogue
Director Baz Luhrmann
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Some violence, sexual references. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 15 Feb 2013

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