TT Cinema: Moulin Rouge! Screening
March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm£15
Our first screening of March falls in the same week as National Absinthe Day (5th March), so we figured what better way to celebrate the Green Goddess than with a screening of Moulin Rouge?
The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet (1996).
Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris.
Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) who introduces him to a world of sex, drugs, music, drama, and the scandalous dance known as the cancan, all at the Moulin Rouge, a decadent dance hall, brothel, and theatre that’s the brainchild of Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent).
Christian also meets and falls into a tragically doomed romance with the courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), who becomes the star of the play he’s writing, which parallels the couple’s romance and utilises rock music from a century later, including songs by Nirvana, Madonna, the Beatles, and Queen, among others. Loosely based on the opera Orpheus in the Underworld, Moulin Rouge was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Upon its release, the film was a huge critical success – nominated for eight Academy Awards and subsequently picking up two, one for Best Art Direction and the other for Best Costume Design. In doing so, it became the first musical in a decade to be nominated for Best Picture.
Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it’s also daring in its vision and wildly original.
Tickets are available at £15 a head, or £20 for a pair when you use the code ‘greenfairy’ at checkout. Complimentary cocktail included as standard.