What do you do when you are in love with someone, who is also in love with you, and there is someone who has more power than your life can wager to gamble on? Nor can the one you love ever know what the trade-off was or that there was a deal.
Ah, the romantic city of Paris, the Moulin Rouge club of joy, satisfaction, a good amount of dancing, and a Divine Beauty who sings your heart alight. It is a must they should meet but under circumstances confused and yet complete.
Toulouse-Lautrec is trying to influence our lead young man and poet/writer [the two blend on purposes] to help create a musical. A group has formed to participate toward their interest and that of the musical. They want our poet, Christian, Ewan McGregor, to write. First though, and most importantly, they need Christian to convince a certain Divine Beauty, Satine, Nicole Kidman [Best Actress Oscar nominee and winner of a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Satine], to join the cast of the musical.
They all join Christian at the Moulin Rouge, a club of Tails and gorgeous women, dancers and lots of music, drinking, dancing and having many a rendezvous. Without explanation, not to spoil, Christian and Satine manage to meet and in their first private time together all that was funny that could happen, did happen and much more laughter than that. It’s called mistaken identity. Enough said.
The musical within the film is integral to the story. The man Satine was to meet, the Duke, who is wealthy and makes lots of promises, was being influenced by the Head Guy and MC of the Moulin Rouge, to back the musical he wanted to make starring Satine. The Duke was stubborn. If he made any decision to invest his money, he wanted to hear the story first. Last part of the deal was another deal be included as a prize or there was no deal. The MC agreed. The musical had its backer. It was life, no matter how much pain it would cost.
Relationships are made and love wafted in the breeze. The central love song, carried a powerfully romantic fervency with it. When first sung, it was done in public with an exchange of secrecy. At the second performance, it was sung openly, and deeply from the heart and soul. In the fever of love, the Romeo and Juliet of struggle, sadness, renewal of vows, that intertwined this love song, “Come What May.” with the fullness of emotions between eternal lovers, is a success. It is their song, filled with their passion.
Moulin Rouge is a rare love story, told by a writer with a depth of feeling that goes beyond the moon and stretches out to the stars. The music is pulled out of the clouds of today to fill the voices of the past which successfully brings the viewer into the audience at the Moulin Rouge.
The film makes you feel like an active participant. You cheer, you yell [providing you are not in a theatre at the time], you cry, you laugh, you become overjoyed, and heartbroken, one, two, too many times. But you desire the feelings in the lovers be satisfied. For that to succeed, the lovers need to triumph over Evil. Power. Manipulation. Threat of Death.
If these words I write intrigue you, I will add, I highly recommend this Baz Luhrman masterpiece. It deserves to be written at the top of your movie list as the next film to watch. Give it lots of asterisks. * * * * * * *
Enjoy a few brief clip(s) & a trailer. If you decide Yes, Do Please Enjoy the Story & the Show. Entertainment supplied by the cast of “Moulin Rouge.”
I give Moulin Rouge ! ! ! ! ! Out of FIVE
I was told by a certain magical source to be sure I mentioned Her. She wanted to invite anyone who would like to party, Please Bring a Bottle of Absinth, sugar cubes, lots of spoons, short glasses and then and only then would you get the chance to meet her inside the film in her special box. She goes by the Code Name: “Blue Fairy.” I am whispering. It isn’t a good idea to encourage Her and she only thinks she is Her, In actuality, she is actually a shade of green.
Keep on the alert, Now. She is quite the Fairy but definitely not Blue.
“The Greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to Love and be Loved in return.”