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Title:
Moulin Rouge!
Author:
Baron, Fred.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Beverly Hills, Calif.] : 20th Century Fox, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (approximately 128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Special features: theatrical trailer(s); Disc One: production commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Don McAlpine; writing commentary by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce; 8 behind-the-scenes branches; Disc Two: the making of Moulin Rouge HBO Special; 5 "Star" featurettes; earlier drafts of screenplay; 6 extended scenes & 4 re-cut dance sequences; interview with John "Cha Cha" O'Connell and Caroline O'Connor; dance pre-shoots; 3 multi-angle dance sequences; 2 music videos; live MTV performance; design and marketing gallery; and over 10 easter eggs.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
UPC:
024543008712

024543008705
Format :
DVD

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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 époque 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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


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Publisher's Weekly Review

"I was left with the understanding that the Bollywood musical and its outrageous tragicomic storytelling succeeded because of a deal that exists between the film and its audience... the pretence that what is to be experienced is in any way real is swept away," explains Baz Luhrmann in Moulin Rouge! A Film Directed by Baz Luhrmann of his original inspiration for the movie. Absinthe; gaslight; sultry, pallid, Toulouse-Lautrec-inspired characters; drag; more absinthe; contortionists, Siamese twins, song, dance, sets and cinematography to set the mind reeling characterize this unprecedented musical film set in the "real artificiality" of Luhrmann's Parisian/Bohemian/modernized-turn-of-the-century vision. Cinematic and plot highlights, behind-the-scenes shots and confessions by producers, choreographers, cinematographers, editors, etc., along with images by guest photographers Ellen Von Unwerth, Mary Ellen Mark and Douglas Kirkland, give fans a chance to luxuriate in the stunning visual array that whirls dizzyingly by in the film. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved