Actors: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Moulin Rouge|
|Christian is an English writer, who moves to France to start a new life. After being hired as the writer for a play, he goes to the Moulin Rouge, and falls in love with the main attraction, Satine. After being confused as a Duke, he meets Satine, and they fall in a Romeo and Juliet-type love. Satine can only fall in love if people pay her, and the Duke has his heart set on her. Now she has to choose between the money of the Duke, or the good-looks of Christian.
--Estefan Ellison, Resident Scholar
|In the Summer of Love (1899), young, impoverished British writer Christian (McGregor) arrives in Paris, France to be a part of the Bohemian Revolution, in which writers, musicians, artists, actors, and others gathered to let their voices and work be heard. Some Bohemians living at Christian's hotel noticed his talent. That night, he was to go to the Moulin Rouge (a nightclub, dance hall, brothel, and later theater) to try to persuade its owner, Harold Zidler (Broadbent), to approve of him writing the show. Little did Christian know that he had to recite his modern poetry for Kidman, the most beautiful of all the courtesans in the Moulin Rouge. Meanwhile, Kidman wrongly thinks that Christian is the Duke, the man she was to seduce that night. Later, Kidman finds out who Christian is. They immediately fall in love. However, they must hide their love because Kidman cannot fall in love with any man. The Duke eventually becomes crazy, trying to force Kidman to seduce him. To top all the troubles, Kidman finds out that she is dying from tuberculosis. She was going to elope with Christian, but Zidler persuades her to stay, claiming that the Duke will kill Christian, if she sees him. Kidman unwillingly forces herself to tell Christian she hates him. However, Christian refuses to believe her. The opening night of the show, Christian returns secretly to the Moulin Rouge, as the Duke's "man servant" was guarding the theater. Christian then appears with Kidman on stage by accident. He tells the audience that he hates her, and he leaves the Moulin Rouge sadly. The Duke thought he won, but at that moment, Kidman stood up and sang her secret love song with Christian. Christian joins in, and they forgive each other. Driven by jealousy and greed, the Duke tries to shoot Christian. However, he fails. The audience goes crazy, thinking that this is all an act. When the curtain fell, they were on their feet and clapping. Everything was going so well, or Christian thought. Right before curtain call, Kidman coughed up blood again. She died in Christian's arms. The movie is basically based on Christian writing a book about Kidman because Kidman's last request was asking him to "tell their story". The movie is basically his book. It is a GREAT and INSPIRATIONAL movie.
--DW, Resident Scholar
|Starring Nicole Kidman as a courtesan, who, due to her job is not allowed to fall in love; but nevertheless falls for a penniless writer. Their happiness is put at stake when a rich but cruel Duke decides he wants her.
--Megan Westley, Resident Scholar
|While young writer Christian travels to Montmarte to be a part of the Bohemian Revolution, he gets caught up in the nightclub Moulin Rouge and meets Satine, a courtesan. A mix-up results in Christian writing the play "Spectacular Spectacular" and a forbidden love affair between he and Satine. Unfortunately, Satine must make the Duke (who is financing their show) believe she loves him, so Satine and Christian's love must be hidden. When the Duke finds out, he threatens to kill Christian, so Satine pretends she doesn't love him anymore. This is difficult because the whole time she has tuberculosis and is in the final stage, consumptional. When the whole misunderstanding comes to light between Christian and Satine, Satine dies in his arms. The movie ends with Christian finishing his novel, the one Satine wanted him to write.
--Shelly, Resident Scholar
|I really liked this movie. Baz Luhrmann finishes the Red Curtain trilogy (Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge!). It is a modern day musical about beauty, freedom, but above all things, love. Everyone dose their own singing and do great. The two soundtracks are really good. I give it three and a half stars, the burlesque gets gaudy, even for a man.
--Josh Rhodes, Resident Scholar
|Christian is an English writer who comes to Montmatre, France in 1899 to join the Bohemian Revolution, but he gets more than he bargains for when an Argentinian falls through the roof of his run down apartment, and he becomes part of the plan to put on "Spectacular, Spectacular," a musical, at the Moulin Rouge. Christian is suppose to convey this message to the "Sparkling Diamond" singer/dancer and cortisan of the Moulin Rouge, only he falls in love with her in the process, as does she, and the plot twist is that they were never suppose to meet, but the investor the Duke was, and when he does meet her he falls in love with her as well. The plot thickens when the Duke demands ownership of her in return for his investing in the Moulin Rouge's show.
--Stephanie Carino, Resident Scholar
|Young Christian (Ewan McGregor) comes to from England to live in Paris at the beginning of the bohemian revolution, 1900. He hopes to write a story about true love… the only problem is… he's never been in love! He soon meets the famous Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), who is in the middle of writing a play called “Spectacular Spectacular”, which he is planning to present at The Moulin Rouge. Toulouse offers Christian the job of writing the play, and after some persuasion, accepts the job. Before presenting the play to the owner of The Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent), Christian meets and falls in love with the beautiful Satine (Nicole Kidman). During most of the movie, Christian and Satine have to hide their love from the evil Duke (Richard Roxburgh), because he thinks that Satine loves him. In the end, something very sad happens (but I won't tell you what it is, or it'll give it away).
This movie is filled with singing, dancing, comedy, romance and drama!
--Alex Mcfadyen, Resident Scholar
|Moulin Rouge is a play about romance beetween two forbidden lovers. Satine the Moulin Rouge dancer falls in love with Christian, the poor writer. Harold Ziegler forbids it because the Duke holds the deads to the Moulin Rouge,but in return gets Satine. Satine obviously doesn't love the duke and wants to run away with Christian. What Harold and Marie (another Moulin Rouge dancer) dont tell her is that Satine has a deadly disease and she is dying slowly.She must protect Christian by telling him she doesn't love him because the duke would kill him if they kept seeing eachother.At the end Satine and Christian reunite,only in the midst of Satine's death.
--Kristin, Resident Scholar
|Christian becomes the new writer for the Bohemian crew, and he falls in love with Satine, a courtesan. She falls in love with him, but is expected to be the companion of the Duke, whose financial aid is supposed to help her become a real actress.
--Garbage Girl, Resident Scholar
|The appearance of the Moulin Rouge is as breathtaking as a dancer at the real Moulin Rouge painted by Toulose LaTrec. The Main Theme of the movie is True Love. A love that is scarred from money, jealousy, and truth. Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love is the mantra of the story and shows up beautifully throughtout the theme.
--Kelly Alleman, Resident Scholar
|This film is about Beauty,freedom,truth and love. Two people (Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor.)fall madly in love. But Nicole Kidman is a prostitute and has giving her body away to men. The Duke falls in love with Nicole Kidman, but she doesnt love him, she loves the pennyless writer (Ewan McGregor.) The Duke has made a deal with the owner of the Moulin Rouge to turn the dance club into a theatre,with this deal he must have the one thing every man wants Nicole Kidman. But she loves Ewan and as their love becomes more,and more persistant,so does the Dukes obsession.
--Liv, Resident Scholar
|Paris, 1899. A naive, penniless poet filled with ideals of love and truth arrives at the Moulin Rouge in the hope of writing a play, little does he know what lies ahead... he is soon to meet the love of his life, Satine, who is also the star of the theater, the sparkling diamond who is desired by every man in Paris, including the wealthy Duke, who is prepared to put a price on her...
--Alex, Resident Scholar
|Young, handsome poet Christian (McGregor) moves to Montmarte, France, and enters the world of the Moulin Rouge. There, he meets and falls in love with Satine (Kidman), and learns about "Truth, beauty, freedom, and above all things, love."
--Rachel, Resident Scholar
|Baz Luhrman, the Australian co-writer and director responsible for "Strictly Ballroom" and "Romeo + Juliet" (the DiCaprio/Danes version), presents this post-modern pop opera musical satire in which a young English writer arrives in Paris in 1899 and falls in love with a star courtesan and nightclub performer. The soundtrack and dialogue are festooned with songs and lyrics from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, including McCartney, Kiss, David Bowie, the Police, and Elton John. For example "Roxanne" is rendered as a tango as if sung by Tom Waits, and Elton's "Your Song" turns up repeatedly as song and lines of speech. The camera adores Kidman as the actress courtesan promised to an overbearing duke who will finance the theater for her love, and both Kidman and McGregor do creditable singing. Jim Broadbent roars as impresario Harold Zidler, John Leguizamo cruises as Toulouse Lautrec, Richard Roxburgh is trapped in a caricatured role as the villain. Kylie Minoque cameos as the green fairy (voiced by Ozzy Osbourne!) But the acting is an uphill struggle against frenetic editing in the first half, interminable scenes of romance and dramatic "tension" in the second half, and overdone sets, costumes, and other visual pyrotechnics. (And generations are going to assume David Bowie is the originator of both the song "Nature Boy" and the lyric from it, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is how to love and be loved in return," when both predate him and this movie by many decades....)
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|"Moulin Rouge" is a post-modern musical set in the 1900's but featuring popular songs from the second half of the 20th century. It is about truth, beauty, freedom and, above all things, love. The main conflict is the romance between Satine - a courtesan and dancing girl - and Christian, a writer; then that nasty Duke gets in between them. There's a lot of great musical moments and a sense of cinematic whimsy. It's a great time at the movies.
--Sean Stangland, Resident Scholar
|Writer Christian comes to Paris to find something to write about. He and friends go to the Moulin Rouge where he falls in love with Satine, the most in demand showgirl.
--kaity loder, Resident Scholar
|Christian (MacGregor) is a young british writer in paris in the last year of the ninteenth century. As One of the children of the revolution, he believes that "love is all you need" when he meets Satine, The Diamond of the Moulin Rouge" he falls in love instantly, the only problem is that she has been bound to a rich (and very jealous) duke who has promised to make her an actress. She tries to stop her infatuation with the young writer but realizes that she is in love with him.
--Jasmine Burns, Resident Scholar
|The story of Christian, a writer and idealist who moves to Paris in 1899, and joins up with the "Children of the Revolution" to write a play based on Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love. He meets and falls in love with Satine, the star courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, a legendary brothel and nightclub. Christian is writing a play/musical for Satine, to showcase the Moulin Rouge. Features a fantastic soundtrack.
--Amanda Goodwin, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
- 19th century
Kind of romance:
- love triangle/polygon
- seduction (yum!)
- of a different social class
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn wavey
- (woman) skinny
Events of movie makes character more...
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) average build
How much in movie?
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) short/standard wavey
- (man) skinny
- (man) average
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- Occasional swearing
If lots of song/dance...
- lot of singing and dancing
If soundtrack VERY NOTICEABLE...
- Modern rock/pop
- Broadway musical
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