Monday, 11 April 2011

"Freedom, Beauty, Truth and Love"

Don't you love this image? Moulin Rouge! - I will maintain, is a continuously irresistible cinematic experience. You can't experience without some decisive emotional response, even if it's intent hate. It just demands attention, which is probably why Jose loves it so much. Head over to Movies Kick Ass and wish him Happy birthday!

13 comments:

anahita said...

I NEED TO SEE THIS FILM. Can't believe I haven't yet.

Dan O. said...

I really do love this film and I don't care what anyone says. It's my favorite musical of all-time because every time I watch it, I just went to get up and dance no matter what.

CrazyCris said...

I love the intense visuals... everything is so RICH and luxurious... and Ewan and Nicole are wonderful... and the songs are fbaulous... and... and... :o)

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

I love this film!
When I saw it a couple of years ago, I questioned myself: Why haven't I seen it before?

Brandon said...

The only scene that stuck with me was "Your Song"; Kidman's face when he belts out the first few words...

Alex in Movieland said...

at one point in my life, I hated this film and gave it 4/10. :))

then, I've come more to terms with it. I'll need to go back at one point. but I still believe it's slightly overrated. special, but overrated.

Luke said...

God, I love how divisive this movie was (is)... My favorite subset of Moulin Rouge watchers are those who at first viewing thought it was awful and ridiculously stupid and then upon an additional viewing fell in love. You know it's a movie that's saying something if that occurs!

TomS said...

We are on some weird wavelength...last night I was at a baseball game in Phoenix Arizona...and one of the songs blaring on the loudpeaker was the "Can-Can" from "Moulin Rouge" (as in, the home team still "can" win"--but they lost). And now, your post. Super!

ruth said...

I love how much color is used in this movie... it matches the passion between Christian and Satine. I adore this so much!!

Janice said...

Luke - I belong to that subset you mentioned. It probably didn't help that my first viewing was on a small screen TV via a pan-and-scan copy on VHS; I am still kicking myself that I didn't go to the theaters to see it, and still hope to see it on a large screen someday. (I bet this movie would have been phenomenal on IMAX). I hated the first 20 minutes and was ready to turn it off when Ewan sang "Your Song"; the only thing that kept me from turning it off during "The Pitch" was that memory of the previous number and wanting more of that...which the Elephant Love Medley thankfully delivered. Still, I was puzzled at the end of it, not sure how I felt, even if I was crying. It took another viewing (again on a small TV screen, accompanied by mounds of chcolate - on my birthday, no less) to realize I liked it, and then I fell, inexplicably, hard. All loves are inexplicable, though. (It's also the movie, paired with The Others, that made an Nicole Kidman fan of me. I fell hard for her, too.) Thank you for this post, Andrew; random Moulin Rouge always cheers me up.

5plitreel said...

The music in this is indeed great. I love how Kidman's and McGregor's voices are left untouched, they're not the most perfect and without major autotunation which gives the songs more character.

A film that I keep coming back to when looking for grand emotion.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

what the hell, everyone? i string together a few (ungrammatical) sentence and all this response? the power of baz, apparently.

and anahita SEE IT. i think you'll love, i'd bet money on that.

dan that's so true, if jim broadbent can do it so well, it makes you wonder why you can't, no?

cris the richness is hard to miss, and hard to hate too.

lesya preach it to, anahita above.

brandon well at least you took away something. but, yes, nicole is golden in that scene even though she's not singing.

alex well, i won't argue on it being special.

luke i often think it'd be one of those movies that psychiatrists could use to tell us about their patients. you just have to end up finding something to respond to in it.

tom love that anecdote.

ruth YES, that production design is brilliant.


janice oh god, yes, nicole was really having a year of 2001. they still rank as #1 and #2 of my Best Actress performances of that year - and it was a good year for actress at that.

5plitreel A film that I keep coming back to when looking for grand emotion. beautifully said.

Jose said...

I feel terrible for just seeing this until today (craaaazy week, hadn't read my fave blogs till today) anyways you're an angel so XOXO

PS: Baz rocks my world!