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A dazzling and yet frequently maddening bid to bring the movie musical kicking and screaming into the 21st century, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge bears no relation to the many previous films set in the famous Parisian nightclub. This may appear to be Paris in the 1890s, with can-can dancers, bohemian denizens like Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), and ribaldry at every turn, but it's really Luhrmann's pop-cultural wonderland. Everyone and everything is encouraged to shatter boundaries of time and texture, colliding and careening in a fast-cutting frenzy that thinks nothing of casting Elton John's "Your Song" 80 years before its time. Nothing is original in this kaleidoscopic, absinthe-inspired love tragedy--the words, the music, it's all been heard before. But when filtered through Luhrmann's love for pop songs and timeless showmanship, you're reminded of the cinema's power to renew itself while paying homage to its past.

Luhrmann's overall success with his third "red-curtain" extravaganza (following Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet) is wildly debatable: the scenario is simple to the point of silliness, and how can you appreciate choreography when it's been diced into hash by attention-deficit editing? Still, there's something genuine brewing between costars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (as, respectively, a poor writer and his unobtainable object of desire), and their vocal talents are impressive enough to match Luhrmann's orgy of extraordinary sets, costumes, and digital wizardry. The movie's novelty may wear thin, along with its shallow indulgence of a marketable soundtrack, but Luhrmann's inventiveness yields moments that border on ecstasy, when sound and vision point the way to a moribund genre's joyously welcomed revival. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Nicole KidmanSatine
Ewan McGregorChristian
John LeguizamoToulouse-Lautrec
Jim BroadbentHarold Zidler
Richard RoxburghThe Duke
Garry McDonaldThe Doctor
Jacek KomanThe Unconscious Argentinean
Matthew WhittetSatie
Kerry WalkerMarie
Caroline O'ConnorNini Legs In The Air
Christine AnuArabia
Natalie MendozaChina Doll
Lara MulcahyMôme Fromage
David WenhamAudrey
Kylie MinogueThe Green Fairy
Ozzy OsbourneThe Green Fairy (voice)
Deobia OpareiLe Chocolat
Linal HaftWarner
Keith RobinsonLe Petomane
Peter WhitfordStage Manager
Norman KayeSatine's Doctor
Arthur DignamChristian's Father
Carole SkinnerLandlady
Jonathan HardyMan In The Moon
Plácido DomingoMan In The Moon (voice) (as Placido Domingo)
Kiruna StamellLa Petite Princesse
Anthony YoungOrchestra Member
Dee DonavanCharacter Rake
Johnny LockwoodCharacter Rake
Don ReidCharacter Rake
Tara MoriceProstitute
Daniel ScottAbsinthe Drinker / Guitarist
Veronica BeattieMontmartre Dancer / Tattoo
Lisa CallinghamMontmartre Dancer
Rosetta CookMontmartre Dancer
Fleur DennyMontmartre Dancer / Antoinette
Kelii GrauerMontmartre Dancer / Pearly Queen
Jaclyn HansonMontmartre Dancer
Michelle HopperMontmartre Dancer

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  • Genre: Musical Movies
  • Director: Baz Luhrmann
  • Producer: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Length: 127 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 1, 2001
    EuropeSep 7, 2001
    JapanNov 23, 2001
    AustraliaMay 24, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 19, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 14, 2003
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