Film Box Retrospective: ‘Moulin Rogue’ with Kathleen Ellison

February 14, 2013

For Valentine’s Day, I picked one of my favorite romance movies. Nothing is more romantic than France, music, and star-crossed lovers.

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This 2001 musical movie is directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, John Leguizamo and Richard Roxburgh.

In 1899 France, Christian (McGregor), an English poet and writer, goes to Paris to join the Bohemian revolution. When he explores the fabulous night club Moulin Rouge, he falls in love with the star courtesan, Satine (Kidman). Trouble arises though when the Duke (Roxburgh), a patron of the club, also falls in love with Satine, and will do anything to have her.

This is a movie musical, but before some of you stop reading, it’s popular music from the twentieth century, including  the Beatles, Nirvana and more.

The remixed music is awesome. It also really lends to the tone and setting, which is a pretty crazy whirlwind. The plot is also really interesting; it’s also a bit of a remix from three different operas: La traviata, Great Perfomances: La bohème, and Orpheus in the Underworld.

Kidman and McGregor really draw you into the plot, which sweeps you up with its vibrant images and spectacular costumes and settings.

Although at times I felt the two actors were lacking, they still manage to really move the plot along. The characters were incredibly well-written, and the movie is very fast-paced.

This movie is a must-see for Valentine’s Day. The sweeping romantic plot and colorful images will enchant your eyes while the music makes your heart race.

So go grab your love, watch this movie, and celebrate freedom, beauty, truth and love.

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