Situated in Montmartre, Paris in 1900, Moulin Rouge is a musical with songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Elton John, David Bowie, Sting and Madonna. Wonder boy Baz Luhrmann most certainly succeeds in his portrayal of the decadent underworld of Paris.
Everyone has an image of the legendary club Moulin Rouge on their mind. However, this picture is almost certainly not as sumptuous as the one presented in this movie. The young, idealistic writer Christian (McGregor) is thrown into a Bohemian world of dirty tricks. Encountering the cancan dancer Satine (Kidman), a jewel for hire and a courtesan of poor origins, he falls in love instantaneously. The universe presented by this movie, such as the rhythm, photography, and set decorations, is essential. All in all, this is an exceptionally daring raid through the entire last century-
Baz Luhrman (b.1962) has an extensive background from dance, theatre and opera.
In 1992 he debuted with the spectacular Australian film STRICTLY BALLROOM. The success of that film brought him to Hollywood, where he reworked and reset Shakespeare's classic ROMEO AND JULIET (1996).
MOULIN ROUGE is the last film in what's referred to as Luhrman's 'Red Curtain'-trilogy.