Moulin Rouge!

  • 12
  • Baz Luhrmann (2001)
  • US / Aus
  • 122 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Musical romantic drama directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Montmartre, 1899: Christian, a young Englishman, arrives in Paris with ambitions to become a writer. Befriended by a group of bohemian actors, he comes into contact with Zidler, the unscrupulous manager of the Moulin Rouge, and the beautiful Satine, who immediately captures his heart. But as Christian celebrates his new-found love, tragedy waits in the wings.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Baz Luhrmann

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Some violence, sexual references.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 15 Feb 2013
Certificate 12
Distributor:
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Categories
Music
Drama