"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return."
True, horror is my passion but sometimes I like musicals by great directors with a great story or music as my dirty little Rocky Horror secret implies.
Moulin Rouge was the center of what was considered "bohemian" in the 1900s and as fans of Lord Byron will tell you, absinthe was the drink of choice.....because it was said to boost creativity. Although in Mary Shelley's case it gave birth to her raging nightmare turned literary classic, "Frankenstein." The rumor that heroin was an ingredient could attribute to the images Shelley claimed to have seen.
In the case of Christian, played by Ewan Macgregor he sees the green fairy logo on the bottle come to life in the visage of Australian singer, Kylie Minogue.
Moulin Rouge is a Shakespearian tragedy of the Romeo and Juliet variety; fitting since Baz Luhrman also directed Romeo & Juliet in a West Side Story style with Leo Dicapro and Claire Danes.
The story takes place in and around the Moulin Rouge night club in the village of Montmartre. Satine, played by Kidman is a courtesan, a classy name for a little more than a high priced call girl. She is fooled into thinking Christian is a Duke and is scared to find out he's not especially with the Duke lurking nearby with her boss, Ziddler expecting her to seduce him for the money to put on a play.
She strings The Duke along because she falls in love with Christian. Much like Shakespeare there is not a happy ever happy after for Christian and Satine. There is something darker at play that the homicidal jealousy of The Duke and his man servant, Warner.
Told as a tragic backstory by a drunken, heartbroken Christian the movie is sad but beautiful and certainly in my top ten favorite movies of all time.