directed Romeo and Juliet as a modern love story in 1996,
and now Baz Luhrman sets the scene in Paris, 1899. The film
takes a long journey with stars such Ewan Mc Gregor, Nicole
Kidman, John Leguziamo, Jim Broadbent...with an attractive
formula, for he directs “Moulin Rouge” as a singing and dancing
[Ewan Mc Gregor] is a young bohemian who's running away to
the dark underground of Paris and the Moulin Rouge Cabaret.
There, he finds glamour and sex, naively folling in love with
the best paid cabaret star and most famous prostitute in Paris.
Moulin Rouge cabaret used to attract the richest and poorest
in Paris. Glamor and neon lights soon result in a passionate
romance between Christian and the prostitute [Nicole Kidman].
This unhappy love allows him to mature inside and grow up
Baz Luhrman uses pop music to create an extraordinary mix
of screen dialogue and classic cabaret. Similarly to the way
he modernized Romeo and Juliet, in Moulin Rouge, instead of
classic cabaret music, he uses modern rock music.
Rouge is a sex-drugs-and-rock 'n' roll film. It has all that.
Passionate sex between a poet [McGregor] and a prostitute
[Nicole Kidman], drugs in high Paris society, and rock-and-roll
in the form of a musical. The best is, both stars, McGregor
and Kidman are really singing and dancing. Moulin Rouge is
a truly post-modern film. Luhrman got the basic idea in India,
where he saw Shakespeare's play among 2000 viewers from India,
in Hindu language, in the huge Ice Cream Film Palace.