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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Moulin Rouge
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A tragi-comedy of mistaken identities and romance, Moulin Rouge is based on events that occurred at the Moulin Rouge dance hall towards the end of the 19th century. The story is told by Christian, an idealistic and impoverished English poet/playwright who is newly arrived in Monmartre and becomes inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. When Christian manages to convince the foppish Duke of Monroth to invest in his play, his life appears to be heading upwards. Things become difficult, however, when he falls in love with Satine ('The Sparkling Diamond'), a courtesan dancer at the Moulin Rouge. Although she returns his affections, they are forced to keep their love a secret from the duke because he too coverts Satine and is used to getting what he wants.


Moulin Rouge! The Musical Baz Luhrmann , John Logan , 2016 single work musical theatre

'Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular... Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

'Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and—above all—LOVE, Moulin Rouge! is more than a musical; it is a state of mind.

'How wonderful life the Moulin Rouge.' (Production summary)


  • The trailer for this film is available to view via YouTube: (Sighted: 31/8/2012)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Bazmark Films , 2001 .
      person or book cover
      Screen cap from promotional trailer
      Link: U9049Scene extracts Three digital extracts from the original cinematic release
      Extent: 127 min. ; colour (with black and white sequences)p.

Works about this Work

Australian Blockbuster Movies Mark David Ryan , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Screen in the 2000s 2018; (p. 51-76)
Develops a multidimensional definition of 'Australian blockbuster' and argues for their distinct status as a specific genre.
The 100 Best Australian Films of the New Millenium Erin Free , Dov Kornits , Travis Johnson , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 22 September 2016;
Tell Him He's Not Dreamin' Anymore Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 19 July 2015; (p. 80)
Millennial Mambo : Baz Luhrmann Messes with the Musical because He Can-can Ray Pride , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Moulin Rouge! Serena Donadoni , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
The Fourth Wall Returns : Moulin Rouge and the Imminent Death of Cinema Jonathan Dawson , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , June no. 14 2001;

— Review of Moulin Rouge Baz Luhrmann , Craig Pearce , 2001 single work film/TV
Home and Abroad in Moulin Rouge, The Dish and Lantana Felicity Collins , Therese Davis , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Cinema after Mabo 2004; (p. 22-40)
In this chapter Collins and Davis locate Australian Film within an international context in order to examine the interplay between globalisation, local industry strategies and national cinema in three Australian films. The films are analysed 'in terms of their industrial-commercial strategies within a national economic and cultural policy framework which positions Australian film as an international genre'. Source : Australian Cinema After Mabo (2004)
y separately published work icon 'Moulin Rouge' Gareth Mitchell , Perth : Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) , 2002 Z1668027 2002 single work criticism Research undertaken by a student of the Centre for Culture and Communication (Murdoch University) into Moulin Rouge (2001). Includes aspects relating to the production phase, critical reception, principal performers and production crew, references and a synopsis.
form y separately published work icon Behind the Red Curtain Baz Luhrmann , ( dir. Baz Luhrmann ) Sydney : Bazmark Films , 2002 Z1668190 2002 single work film/TV An interactive 'behind the scenes' documentary, Behind the Red Curtain, gives director Baz Luhrmann an opportunity to provide insight into the making of Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom. Included is a tour of the unique space where he and his team work. One featurette, "Toulouse Tonight" is hosted by John Leguizamo (as Toulouse). In another, "Dubsy's Dirt" is presented by Luhrmann's personal assistant. The final scripts for all three films can be accessed, as are other Bazmark productions - a performance of "The Sunscreen Song" (by Lee Perry), and the music video clip "Now Until the Break of Day." The DVD also includes weblinks.
Cameraman in the Frame Neala Johnson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 January 2012; (p. 11)
Working Outside The Model : An Interview With Vincent Sheehan Geoff Gardner (interviewer), 2001 single work interview
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , August no. 15 2001;
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