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Moulin Rouge

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Moulin Rouge (Movie - 2001)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
126 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/18/01
Wide Release Date:
06/01/01
performer:
Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Christine Anu, Jim Broadbent, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, John Leguizamo, Garry McDonald, Kylie Minogue, Caroline O'Connor, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham
director:
Baz Luhrmann
Producers:
Bazmark Films
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
genre:
musical, Drama

We gave it a B-

A whirling fantasia of rococo kitsch, set in the legendary Paris nightclub circa 1900. The spectacle of pop songs employed in a period setting speaks to us in a new and galvanizing way, but the movie also seems to have been made by a madman with a palm buzzer. The director, Baz Luhrmann, smashes all sense of time and space, so that the floor of the Moulin Rouge comes off as a bad-trip version of Studio 54 crossed with the Star Wars cantina. As the courtesan Satine, Nicole Kidman has an accomplished whiplash-dominatrix style but not, perhaps, the eccentric dynamism of a true star. She never quite connects with Ewan McGregor, who, as her bohemian lover, strikes the only notes of real emotion in the movie.