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Moulin Rouge!

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Template:Infobox Movie (2) Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 musical film which tells the story of a young British poet, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret, Satine. It uses the colourful musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France. Some plot details, specifically the poor artist and his dying lover, bear relation to the Giacomo Puccini opera La bohme (which Baz Luhrmann has also directed several times), including references to the "Bohemian" subculture. The plot was also inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus in the Underworld and echoes the story of Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata.

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Moulin Rouge! has a storyline and structure that is said to be inspired and influenced by Bollywood movies: exuberant music, colourful visuals, elaborate sets and costumes, simple story line with a simple conflict, heroine with melodramatic disease, two-dimensional characters, and songs adopted from contemporary musicians. It includes a popular Hindi movie song near the end. Other songs sampled include "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole, "Lady Marmalade" by LaBelle (the Christina Aguilera/Pink/Mya/Lil Kim cover having been commissioned for this film), Madonna's "Material Girl", the titular song of The Sound of Music, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana—all within the film's first twenty minutes. The film uses so much popular music that it took Baz Lurhmann two years to secure all the rights to the songs.

The film takes established rock music songs and modifies them to fit into a tale of a turn-of-the-20th-century Paris cabaret, blending swirling camera motion, loud music, and dancing to powerful effect. However, it depends heavily on suspension of disbelief and must be approached on its own terms.

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The Moulin Rouge on Boulevard de Clichy (Paris, France)

The theme of the movie is love. The main character (Ewan McGregor) is a writer who comes to Paris at the height of the Bohemian movement—a city of artists, parties, and absinthe. He falls in love with the main singer of the Moulin Rouge cabaret (Nicole Kidman), who unknowingly suffers from a terminal case of tuberculosis, and the rest of the movie follows their relationship (with plenty of songs in between), ending with her death.

Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor did their own singing for the film. The necklace worn by Nicole Kidman was made of 1,308 real diamonds and platinum. It was worth an estimated $1 million.

Five other movies with the title Moulin Rouge have been made.


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'Chanel' 4

On the 20 November 2004, Channel 4 of the UK broadcast Moulin Rouge! at 9pm, the premiere on British terrestrial television. During the commercial break at 9:20pm, Chanel premiered their Moulin Rouge!-inspired advert for their signature Chanel No.5 fragrance starring Nicole Kidman, and directed by Baz Lurhmann.

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