This week, Zach book ends the musical genre with a look at Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.


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  1. I both simultaneously love and hate Moulin Rouge. I love the crazy mish-mash musical that just seems to start cranked up to 11 and slams on the gas to keep going from there, but I also hate it for the same reason.

    The editing is SO fast and crazy that it can be hard to focus on anything going on at times and as was mentioned (I think by Rodrigo) some of the musical mash-ups don’t really work all that great once you are past the initial viewing where it is just super-cool to hear what song is gonna be slapped in next.

    Part of it too is that I’m just not a massive fan of Baz Lurman in general. Yes, yes, he is a brilliant director who does some really incredible stuff, but it just doesn’t resonate with me all that well for some reason. This is actually the film of his I like the best and I have really mixed feelings about it.

    I think the performances are all perfect for what they were supposed to be, especially with Ewan McGregor, but I guess I just was not that thrilled with who they were. The first time I saw the film I was in awe of it, but I found that it was one that did not hold up for me past the first viewing as once the spectacle wore off I was seeing all the flaws under the surface.


  2. I’ll start with i like the podcast, it’s gotten me into watching a number of film i’d passed over or even never heard of, true its no critical hit, but i enjoy it. I do have wonder why in the beginning of the episode when you talked about the lack of musicals in the 10 years before the movie came out, you made it sound like this was big return to musicals, but less then 5 years before, Evita was released and was a big film.

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