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.
Genre: Musical, Drama; Starring: 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; Author: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce; Producer (group): Bazmark Films; Release Date Limited: 05/18/2001; Release Date Wide: 06/01/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 126; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Posted June 1 2001 — 12:00 AM EDT
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