Monday, 18 October 2010

Film Review - Moulin Rouge

So I saw Moulin Rouge for the second time, although I don't remember anything from it the first time. (way back at school)
This time round though, we watched it as part of the postmodern lecture series. I'll say now that I enjoyed this film. Certainly more than the first time.

Moulin Rouge (2001) was directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The story is about an English writer who visits Paris who falls in love with Satine, a famous courtesan. He gets an apartment opposite the nightclub 'Moulin Rouge'. He is asked to write for this big production. The financial backer for this production wants to have Satine for himself.

Story wise the film isn't exactly anything new, but it is presented in such a way that is is visually vibrant and interesting.
The film is a musical with a twist. It uses contemporary music in a much older setting. I perhaps couldn't appreciate this as much as others as I didn't recognise any of the music, but nevertheless the two styles blended seamlessly. Neil Smith form the BBC calls it "a feast for the senses that merges fin-de-si├Ęcle decadence with music ripped straight from today’s record charts."

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