Moulin Rouge

Directed By: Baz Luhrmann Starring: Ewan McGregor Nicole Kidman

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by Mel on 9/8/2004

Baz Luhrman is at his best!! The music . . . gotta love it . . . the soundtrack is just as awesome as the movie. You have to get the soundtrack along with the movie!!! :) Very colorful, vibrant, musical, unusual, but also romantic, funny and sad. Definately a romantic comedy. It's one of my fave movies. I just want to get up and dance too! Strictly Ballroom was another goodie, but this one tops it! I suggest you buy it, because it's definately worth your money. I know it's worth mine!!! :)

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Product Overview

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40175528
UPC 024543057659
UPC 14 00024543057659
Format DVD
Release Date 4/10/2007
Rating Rating
Doomed Lovers
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Love Triangle
Paris, France
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Cross LA BOHÈME with CABARET, throw in a little bit of RENT, and you might almost begin to describe Baz Luhrmann's visually opulent, fast-paced, funny, heartrending MOULIN ROUGE. The film, which premiered as the opener to the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, is a musical set in 1899 Paris at the notorious Montmartre cabaret club, the Moulin Rouge. Directed by Luhrmann (WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET, STRICTLY BALLROOM), the movie stars Nicole Kidman as the high-kicking courtesan, Satine; Ewan McGregor as the sensitive poet, Christian; and John Leguizamo as the flamboyant artist and matchmaker, Toulouse-Lautrec. Luhrmann's use of eclectic lighting and saturated color, the fast zooms and quick cuts of his camera, and his magnificent costumes and sets perfectly capture the excess and freneticism for which the Moulin Rouge was famous. Beautifully led by McGregor and Kidman, the flawless supporting cast brings to life the culture of belle époque Paris with magical realism. Above all, the anachronistic, energetic contemporary soundtrack is what drives MOULIN ROUGE, with popular songs by L'il Kim, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, and Beck--as well as Kidman and McGregor adding their own superb vocals.
Rolling Stone "...Luhrmann's technique is flamboyantly operatic...[He] creates visual miracles..." 06/07/2001 p.119-20
New York Times "...There are more volatile or seductive shades of red than even Toulouse-Lautrec might have dreamed of....Mr. Luhrmann has the eye of an artist..." 05/18/2001 p.E10
Variety "...Baz Luhrmann displays often amazing resourcefulness as he mixes a multitude of film and song styles to relate his quintessential tale of la vie boheme..." 05/14/2001 p.21-8
USA Today "...Spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la..." 05/18/2001 p.8E
Premiere "...Astonishing....The sweet-voiced Kidman has never been sexier....Daring..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 07/01/2001 p.82-3
Box Office "...Stunning cinematic artistry....Dazzling....It is a powerful impression of Luhrmann as a technically dexterous visual virtuoso..." 07/01/2001 p.99
Sight and Sound "...Breathless....McGregor's wide-eyed readiness to perform is an undiluted pleasure and he is at his most charismatic here..." 09/01/2001 p.51-2
Los Angeles Times "...A fever dream of musical spectacle....It showcases excellent work from co-stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor..." 05/18/2001 p.1
Baz Luhrmann
Ewan McGregor
Nicole Kidman
Cast & Crew
David Wenham - Actor
Ewan McGregor - Actor
Garry McDonald - Actor
Kylie Minogue - Actor
Nicole Kidman - Actor
Richard Roxburgh - Actor
Jim Broadbent - Actor
John Leguizamo - Actor
John O'Connell - Choreographer
Donald McAlpine - Cinematographer
Catherine Knapman - Co-Producer
Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie - Costume Designer
Baz Luhrmann - Director
Donald McAlpine - Director of Photography
Baz Luhrmann - Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jill Bilcock - Editor
Craig Armstrong - Music
Craig Armstrong, et al. - Musical Score
Fred Baron, et al. - Producer
Fred Baron, Martin Brown - Producer
Catherine Martin - Production Designer
Craig Pearce - Screenwriter
Baz Luhrmann - Writer
Graig Pearce - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 2259053
UPC 00024543057659
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cannes Film Festival (2001) Baz Luhrmann, Nominee, Golden Palm
Golden Globe (2001) Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Craig Armstrong , Winner, Best Original Motion Picture Score,Baz Luhrmann, Nominee, Best Director--Motion Picture,David Baerwald, Nominee, Best Original Song--Motion Picture ("Come What May"),Ewan McGregor, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
British Academy Awards (2002) Andy Nelson, et. al., Winner, Best Sound,Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries, Winner, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,Jim Broadbent, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Oscar (2002) Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie, Winner, Best Costume Design,Catherine Martin, Brigitte Broch, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Fred Baron, et. al., Nominee, Best Picture,Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2002) Craig Armstrong, Winner, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Moulin Rouge!, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
MTV Award (2002) Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Musical Sequence,Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Female Performance
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review ...A fever dream of musical spectacle, its dizzying visual and melodic panache is operatic by intention and excessive by design. This is a flabbergasting piece of work, nakedly out there, willing to risk looking foolish because it is so in love with the head-turning possibilities of the film medium... it showcases excellent work from co-stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as singing star-crossed lovers in turn-of-the-century Paris...
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge is a rigorously accurate historical account of events that occurred during the period between 1899 and 1900 in Paris' infamous Moulin Rouge nightclub. Luhrmann's meticulously researched motion picture uncovers several shocking truths previously unknown to historians - for example, it seems that musical luminaries like Elton John and Paul McCartney are guilty of plagiarism - songs credited to them were originally penned by a little-known songwriter named Christian and performed at the Moulin Rouge...Well, not quite...Actually, what Luhrmann has done here is to take an historical locale (the Moulin Rouge did exist around the turn of the last century, in the heart of Monmartre) and a few real people and drop them into an entirely fictional production that uses pop hits (primarily from the '70s and '80s) to populate the soundtrack. In keeping with a recent motion picture trend that anarchonistically applies modern music to period pieces, Moulin Rouge ventures down the same trail explored by the likes of Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost and the woefully inept A Knight's Tale...Historical purists and those who enjoy only sedate films are likely to be infuriated by what Luhrmann has done here, but who cares? We live in an age of excess, and Lurhmann takes it to the hilt. There's no area in which he holds back. With a widescreen picture, more edits than any film since Requiem for a Dream, and a soundtrack that demands digital playback, Luhrmann has fashioned the template for a new kind of musical. This is as much a summer film as The Mummy Returns, but with one important difference - it's fresher and more lively. And, while my acclaim may not be as rapturous as that of those who enjoyed it during its Opening Night world premiere at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, I am still heartily recommending it to anyone who cherishes the thought of a modern day musical spectacle.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Like almost every American college boy who ever took a cut-rate flight to Paris, I went to the Moulin Rouge on my first night in town. I had a cheap standing-room ticket way in the back, and over the heads of the crowd, through a haze of smoke, I could vaguely see the dancing girls. The tragedy of the Moulin Rouge is that by the time you can afford a better seat, you've outgrown the show..."Moulin Rouge" the movie is more like the Moulin Rouge of my adolescent fantasies than the real Moulin Rouge ever could be. It isn't about tired, decadent people, but about glorious romantics, who believe in the glitz and the tinsel--who see the nightclub not as a shabby tourist trap but as a stage for their dreams. Even its villain is a love-struck duke who gnashes his way into the fantasy, content to play a starring role however venal...The film is constructed like the fevered snapshots created by your imagination before an anticipated erotic encounter. It doesn't depend on dialogue or situation but on the way you imagine a fantasy object first from one angle and then another. Satine, the heroine, is seen not so much in dramatic situations as in poses--in postcards for the yearning mind. The movie is about how we imagine its world. It is perfectly appropriate that it was filmed on sound stages in Australia; Paris has always existed best in the minds of its admirers...The movie is all color and music, sound and motion, kinetic energy, broad strokes, operatic excess. While it might be most convenient to see it from the beginning, it hardly makes any difference; walk in at any moment and you'll quickly know who is good and bad, who is in love and why--and then all the rest is song, dance, spectacular production numbers, protestations of love, exhalations of regret, vows of revenge and grand destructive gestures. It's like being trapped on an elevator with the circus.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Special Edition, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Kidman,Nicole
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Luhrmann creates visual miracles...
New York Daily News Dazzling!
Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times ...the first musical that trumps the achievement of MTV, producing whirlwind excitement on a steady schedule...
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Cronicle ...cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality...
CNN Radio Network Astounding. Electrifying. A monumental achievement.
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie.
Seattle Times ...a movie like no other before it.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A landmark musical movie -- controversial, mercurial, even cheeky.
CNN ...dazzling, electrifying...
US Weekly An audacious pop spectacle.
Time Magazine You've never seen anything like it!
NBC-TV, San Francisco Fabulous, sexy, witty, and absolutely amazing!
Gregory Weinkauf, New Times This thing moves brilliantly, sparkling like nothing we've seen domestically since "The Wiz" or "Xanadu."
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News An audacious, snappy visual and emotional feast of dishes both familiar and fresh.

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