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->''The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.''

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''Moulin Rouge!'' is a 2001 musical film, directed by Creator/BazLuhrmann and starring Creator/EwanMcGregor and NicoleKidman. The story is told through flashbacks from the point of view of Christian James ([=McGregor=]), a young Englishman writing the story of his doomed affair with the star of the eponymous Parisian nightclub.

Flashback to 1899 where Christian, an [[WideEyedIdealist earnest young poet]], has left his VictorianLondon home and his overbearing father in order to live an intellectual life amongst the Bohemian revolutionaries of Paris's bawdy, colorful Montmartre district. Soon after his arrival, an unconscious Argentinean falls through his roof, quickly joined by a dwarf dressed as a nun...or, as he introduces himself, [[OverlyLongName Henri Marie Raymond de]] [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Toulouse-Lautrec Montfa]], painter, actor, and Bohemian revolutionary ''extraordinaire''. He, along with the Argentinean (narcoleptic, as it turns out) and the rest of their [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits theater troupe]] are in the flat above, rehearsing their musical spectacle which will, of course, revolutionize the artistic world as they know it--provided, of course, that they receive the patronage of Harold Zidler, owner of the Moulin Rouge, the hottest nightclub-slash-brothel in Paris. The Moulin is soon to be converted into a theater in order to launch a new career for Zidler's "Sparkling Diamond", [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Satine]] (Kidman), the club's highest-paid courtesan and star attraction. Zidler, in turn, is relying on the patronage of the odious [[AristocratsAreEvil Duke]] (Richard Roxburgh) whose only condition in signing away the fortune it will take to convert the Moulin into a theater is that Satine become his mistress. The Duke gets his courtesan, Zidler gets his theater, the Bohemians get their play, and Satine gets the respectable career she's always dreamed of. It's a perfect set-up, which is why it will all go [[FinaglesLaw horribly, inevitably wrong]].

Christian wins over the Bohemians and--after their original librettist storms out in a jealous rage--is put in charge of writing their show, ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Spectacular Spectacular!]]''. To celebrate, they take him out to the Moulin Rouge, on, as it happens, the same night of the Duke's introduction to (and first scheduled rendezvous) with Satine. [[MistakenForSpecialGuest There is an]] [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre interesting misunderstanding]], but Christian's fundamental innocence and [[ThePowerOfRock the power of his (well,]] Music/EltonJohn[[ThePowerOfRock 's) poetry]] win her over, leaving her [[LoveAtFirstSight as starry-eyed with him as he is with her]]--until, of course, it is revealed that he isn't actually the Duke. As the months pass--as the Moulin becomes a theater and the show comes together--it becomes increasingly evident that their mutual attraction is [[StarCrossedLovers too strong to ignore]]. However, the Duke is far less buffoonish than he appears, and if he is crossed, in love or otherwise, there's no telling [[MurderTheHypotenuse what lengths he'll go to]] to keep the new lovers apart...

The film is a wild mishmash of genres, kinetic editing and atmosphere, often compared to a MusicVideo for its use of JitterCam. It is also composed almost exclusively of {{Cover Version}}s of songs, though most of them have been rewritten into new styles. Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Like A Virgin" becomes a BusbyBerkeleyNumber, for instance, and the film contains only one song which the audience has never heard before (which, in fact, was originally intended for Luhrmann's ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet]]''). It is also one of the most sustained examples of MoodWhiplash in recent history: the bleak FramingDevice of Christian at his typewriter switches quickly into a vibrant, almost cartoonish comedy before the inevitable spiral towards the {{Bittersweet|Ending}} / DownerEnding. Finally, it was the first musical to gain any sort of widespread popularity for a couple decades, and has helped launch the [[FollowTheLeader recent revival of the genre]].

Another film, a [[AcademyAward Best Picture-nominated]] {{biopic}} of the same name (without the exclamation point), was made in 1952, directed by Creator/JohnHuston and starring José Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor. It's much less acid sequence and more TragicHero, showing the life and work of Toulouse-Lautrec in fin de siècle Paris, and the love he tries to find.
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!!The 2001 film provides examples of:
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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: The musical AnachronismStew was so that modern audiences could better feel why the patrons of the Moulin Rouge loved the place as much as they did.
* AllPartOfTheShow: [[spoiler: Satine and Christian's reconciliation... and her death.]]
* AnachronismStew: The characters sing the songs of Nat King Cole, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/TheBeatles, Music/{{Madonna}}, Music/EltonJohn, Music/{{Nirvana}} and RodgersAndHammerstein, to name a few.
** Not to mention that they reference many other songs, like "My Way", "Love is Like Oxygen" and "Diamond Dogs".
** [[invoked]]WordOfGod says this was a [[IntendedAudienceReaction deliberate stylistic choice]], to convey to contemporary viewers that the Moulin Rouge was the wildest nightclub imaginable.
* ArcWords:
** "This is a story about beauty, freedom, truth, and above all things, love."
** "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."
** The lyrics of 'Come What May', both sung and spoken, in a rare example of an Arc Song.
* AristocratsAreEvil: The Duke, obviously.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Native French speakers will note the mispronunciation of "moulin"; it is, in fact, pronounced the way it would be in English, and not as "mulan".
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: The Duke tries this on Satine, after it becomes clear that she loves Christian and not him.]]
* AwardBaitSong: "Come What May".
%%* BadassBaritone: The Narcoleptic Argentinian
* BeardOfSorrow: The film opens with a grieving, bearded Christian.
* BenevolentBoss: Zidler (as much as an aging French pimp can be, anyway).
* BerserkButton: "It's not that I'm a jealous man, I just DON'T LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TOUCHING MY THINGS!"
* BetaCouple: Nini-Legs-in-the-Air and the Narcoleptic Argentinean.
* BloodFromTheMouth: A sign of [[spoiler:Satine's tubercolosis.]]
%%* BoisterousBruiser: Zidler fits this trope to a T.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: The {{Trope Namer|s}}--in order to keep the Duke from having Christian killed, Zidler urges Satine to pretend she does not love him and never did, so he will leave the Moulin Rouge. It fails to make him leave, but breaks his heart only too well.
%%* CallingTheOldManOut: Satine to Zidler.
* TheCameo:
** David Wenham as DragQueen ex-librettist Audrey who only appears to be replaced by Christian.
** Music/KylieMinogue as the Absinthe Fairy.
* {{Camp}}: And how. [[ClicheStorm Derivative, archetypal plot]]? Check. LargeHam [[EvilIsHammy villains]]? Check. LargeHam non-villians in a WorldOfHam where everyone breaks out into song at regular intervals? Check. HamToHamCombat? Check. Soundtrack predominantly composed of SofterAndSlowerCover versions of pop tracks? Check. Costuming? Lavish. Aesthetics? Fantastic. Music? Amazing. DisneyAcidSequence? Full of them. Also, the director of the film (Baz Luhrmann) is a CampStraight.
* ChekhovsGunman: The Duke seems like a LivingMacGuffin at first. He uses that to his advantage when he ascends to the position of BigBad.
%%* ChorusGirls: The Diamond Dogs.
* ConcertClimax: "''Come What May (reprise)''"; the song was intended to be this for the ShowWithinAShow (before the Duke nixed it) but when Christian and Satine reconcile onstage and everyone else (led by the Bohemians) stand up for their ending, the song becomes the climax for the movie as a whole.
* ConcertKiss: Christian and Satine's kiss at the climax of ''Spectacular, Spectacular.''
* CrazyJealousGuy: The Duke.
-->'''Duke:''' Satine will be mine. It's not that I'm a jealous man! I JUST DON'T--LIKE--'''OTHER PEOPLE TOUCHING MY THINGS!!''' \\
({{beat}}) \\
'''Zidler:''' ''(Totally freaked out)'' I... understand... completely... Duke.
* DastardlyWhiplash: The Duke. Bonus points for [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep being known only as "The Duke".]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Satine dies in Christian's arms.]]
%%* DisneyAcidSequence
%%* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler: Satine.]]
%%* DistractedByTheLuxury
%% Anything obviously revealed in the movie's opening is not a spoiler.
* DownerEnding: Since the movie opens with the main character sorrowfully saying "The woman I love...d is dead", it's not hard to guess where this will go. Paying close attention in the opening reveals [[spoiler:it's even worse--the Moulin Rouge got shut down after events of the main story]].
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Christian walks out before the finale of El Tango de Roxanne, depressed at the thought of Satine sleeping with the Duke. [[spoiler: He doesn't realize that the Argentinian is not playing Christian, but the Duke, and that Satine's death is inevitable.]]
%%* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry
* ExcitedShowTitle: The title of the movie officially has an exclamation mark in it.
* FauxdianSlip:
** By Nini about the ShowWithinAShow:
-->'''Nini Legs-In-The-Air:''' "This ending's silly. Why would the courtesan go for the penniless writer? [[SarcasmMode Whoops!]] I mean ''sitar player''."
** Immediately followed by a true FreudianSlip:
--->'''The Duke:''' Why shouldn't the courtesan go for the maharajah?
--->'''Christian:''' Because she ''doesn't love you!'' [''dead silence while everyone stares''] Him... him... she doesn't love...she doesn't love ''him''...
* ForegoneConclusion: The opening narration reveals that Satine dies by the end of the story. Much of the tragedy and drama comes from the fact that Christian and the Duke, her rival love interests, have no reason to suspect this is coming.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Every OTHER frame is loaded with it.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: A few outfits, such as the skirt in the "Pink Diamonds" dress.
* FramingDevice: The story starts with Christian at his typewriter, finally carrying out Satine's last request -- that he immortalize their story in writing -- and the movie is an extended {{Flashback}}.
%%* GayParee
* GildedCage: The Moulin, for Satine, the other "Diamond Dogs," and probably Zidler too.
* GreenEyedMonster: The Duke. And he's ''really'' green-eyed.
-->[''crushing his hat in his hands''] "It's not that I'm a jealous man. ''I JUST DON'T LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TOUCHING MY THINGS!!!!''"
* GrumpyOldMan: Christian's father.
* HamToHamCombat: The "Like a Virgin" scene, where the Duke and Zidler constantly vie to see who can be the loudest/most over-the-top/silliest.
* HarmlessVillain: Subverted. At first the Duke seems like an ineffectual nitwit, but we soon learn otherwise.
* TheHeroDies: Satine herself at the end.
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: Warner, the Duke's bodyguard. His gun is more articulate than he is.
%%* HeroesWantRedheads: Satine.
* HiddenDepths: Satine seems to be a shallow material diva in the beginning, but falling in love with Christian shows there is more to her.
* HighClassCallGirl: All the girls at the Moulin Rouge, but especially Satine.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Toulouse-Lautrec is a major character, but composer Erik Satie also features as one of the Bohos and composes the music for ''"Spectacular! Spectacular!"''
* HolyShitQuotient: [[invoked]]WordOfGod states that the idea of the movie is to rocket the HSQ ''to infinity''.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Satine.
* HowWeGotHere: See the FramingDevice explanation.
* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Satine, thanks to her tuberculosis.]]
* ImColdSoCold: "I am cold... hold me Christian..."
* InnocentInnuendo + UnusualEuphemism:
-->''While they are dancing--Toulouse has promised Christian a "private" meeting with Satine, in order to show her the script, while Satine believes that he is the Duke''
--> '''Christian:''' Toulouse said we could--do it in private!
--> '''Satine:''' Did he?
--> '''Christian:''' ''(flustered)'' Yes, you know...a private...poetry reading.
--> '''Satine:''' ''Ohhhh'', ''po''etry. ''(coquettishly)'' Ooh, I love a little ''poetry'' after supper.
--> ''It is an innuendo that continues (one-sidedly) into the rendezvous itself.''
** "Talent" is used as a reference to... [[ICallHimMrHappy something else]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler: Satine, again thanks to her tuberculosis.]]
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: The film is [[BookEnds book-ended]] by Christian writing a book about his and Satine's story.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: [[{{In-universe}} The movie invokes this]] by cutting between the typewriter and the scene.
-->I had come to write about [...] love. There was only one problem: I had never been in love! Luckily, right at that moment an unconscious Argentinean fell through my roof. He was quickly joined by a dwarf dressed as a nun.
* KarmaHoudini: Nini suffers no consequences for [[spoiler: giving away Satine and Christian's affair.]] Though she's apparently out of job with everyone else by the time Christian starts writing his book.
* LadyInRed: Satine's red dress, featured on the film posters (see the page image) and worn during the 'One Day I'll Fly Away'/'Elephant Love Medley' scene where she kisses Christian for the first time.
* LargeHam: The movie is [[WorldOfHam (also) an endless ham parade]], but Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh take the whole cake. They even ''[[HamToHamCombat fight]]'' over it during the "Like A Virgin" number.
** Extra credit goes to [[OneSceneWonder the conductor at the beginning of the film]], who leads the "orchestra" through the 20th Century Fox theme and the opening credits.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Many. Satine's is "''One Day I'll Fly Away''", Christian's is "''Nature Boy''" (and "''Your Song''"). Love's theme is, naturally, "''Come What May''". And so on.
** "''Come What May''" is also the theme of forgiveness and faith in love, not just love itself. It's mentioned by the characters themselves and that's why she sings it at the climax of the film, in order to beg for his forgiveness.
** It could be argued that Satine and Christian have two leitmotifs or possibly even more than that. "''Sparkling Diamonds''" is the song that represents Satine's life as a courtesan and "''Your Song''" represents Christian's one-sided love. When it is sung in a duet in "''Elephant Love Medley''", it symbolizes Satine returning his love.
** "El Tango de Roxanne" is this for practically every major dramatic scene in the movie, whether you realize it or not. Next time you watch it, see if you can notice a faint tango rhythm underscoring some of the darker scenes.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: The Duke and Christian, and Satine for a while, are not told that [[spoiler:she is [[VictorianNovelDisease dying of consumption]]]].
* LovingAShadow: The Duke is convinced that Satine loves him. In early dialogue with Christian, she remarks that making "men believe what they want to believe" is a courtesan's job.
* MagicMusic: "Your Song" made Satine fall in love with Christian.
** Also makes The Duke fall in love with Satine.
* TheManInTheMoon: Appears during the 'Your Song' sequence and sings with the voice of Placido Domingo.
* MatingDance: Done beautifully with El Tango de [[Music/ThePolice Roxanne]].
* MeaningfulName: My bodyguard name is Warner. [[IncrediblyLamePun You've been warned!]]
%%* {{Melodrama}}: Done spectacularly right.
* MoodLighting + DeliberatelyMonochrome: The beginning of the movie is in black and white. When the comedy starts, the colors are brilliant and the lighting is bright. When the drama begins, the main colors are black and white (to spoken and daylight scenes) and red and blue (for the musical and nighttime bits). After the "''Hindi Sad Diamonds''" it comes again brightly colored until the end of "''Come What May (finale)''" when goes again all black, white, red and blue. Finally, it ends, with normal daylight colors.
* MoodWhiplash: The movie starts out CrapsackWorld, goes straight into Lightheartedly Cartoonish once the flashbacks start, and thereafter is a slow decline into its DownerEnding finale.
** The song rearrangements are always whimsical or loving... right up to El Tango de Roxanne, which begins with laughs before developing overtones of real violence (Nini appears to be in pain when the Argentinian grabs her), and ends with [[spoiler: the Argentinian miming slitting her throat.]]
* MrFanservice: ''Ewan [=McGregor=]'' is in this, after all.
* MsFanservice: NicoleKidman looks ''damn'' good in this one.
%%* MundaneMadeAwesome
* MurderTheHypotenuse: How the Duke blackmails Zidler and Satine.
%%* MushroomSamba: The entire Absinthe sequence.
* NoNameGiven: The Duke is only known only as...well, the Duke. We can see for a couple of frames (when Zidler is signing the deed to the Moulin Rouge) that he is officially Duke of Monroth and should be addressed as Your grace or Monseigneur.
** No names are ever given for the characters in the troupe's play; they are simply the Courtesan, the Penniless Sitar Player, and the Maharajah.
** [[invoked]]WordOfGod says his name on set was unofficially Count Von Groovy.
** This also applies to many of the side characters--the Narcoleptic Argentinean and the Doctor ([[Series/DoctorWho no, not that one]]) being prominent examples.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Except for Toulouse, ''none'' of the characters have a French accent. They all seem to speak [[TheQueensLatin the Queen's French.]]
* OfCorsetsSexy: Satine's entire ''wardrobe'' operates on this trope.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: When Christian and Satine are talking in the Elephant. He's trying to read her his poetry, while she thinks he's talking about sex.
-->'''Satine:''' A little supper? Maybe some champagne?
-->'''Christian:''' I'd rather just, um.... get it over and done with.
-->'''Satine:''' Oh! Very well. Then why don't you... [''lies on the bed''] come down here. Let's get it over and done with.
-->'''Christian:''' Actually, I'd prefer to do it standing.
-->'''Satine:''' [''standing quickly''] Oh!
-->'''Christian:''' You don't have to stand, I mean... It's sometimes... it's quite long. And I'd like you to be comfortable. It's quite modern what I do and it may feel a little strange at first, bu.. but I think if you're open, then... then you might enjoy it.
-->'''Satine:''' [''rattled but still professional''] I'm sure I will.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: One of the two major themes on sex and romance in the film, exemplified by "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." As "creatures of the underworld" both Satine and Zidler are aware that love is a luxury they can't afford.
* ParentalSubstitute: Zidler to Satine.
* PimpedOutDress: Most of Satine's "show" costumes, such as the 'Pink Diamonds' dress with the skirt made out of feathers.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:The Duke attempts to force himself on Satine when she refuses to go through with the seduction at the Gothic Tower.]]
* RearrangeTheSong:
** ''El Tango De Roxanne'', based on Music/ThePolice's "Roxanne" with music from Mariano Mores' "Tanguera".
** Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Like a Virgin" done as a Creator/GilbertAndSullivan number, complete with {{Busby Berkeley|Number}} choreography.
** Music/{{Queen}}'s "The Show Must Go On", the opera version!
** Hell, the movie rearranges ITS OWN SONG, "Come What May," from the soft, romantic love song to the more operatic, melodramatic clip of it the characters in Spectacular Spectacular sing.
* RecycledInSpace:
** ''Moulin Rouge'' is the DisneyAcidSequence remix of ''La Traviata'', which itself is ''La Dame aux Camellias'' [-AS AN OPERA!-]
** ''Moulin Rouge'' also has elements of ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' (''Scènes de la vie de bohème'' [-AS AN OPERA!-]) and the Orpheus myth.
** Not to exclude at all the fact that ''[[ShowWithinAShow Spectacular Spectacular]]'', and therefore the plot of the film itself, is obviously taken from an ancient Sanskrit play called ''The Little Clay Cart''.
* RepriseMedley: A rather epic example: "Come What May", after Toulouse reveals the truth about Christian's life being in danger, morphs into a recapitulation and dueling medley of most of the movie's main themes, with "The Show Must Go On", "Your Song", "I'll Fly Away", "Children of the Revolution", and even a bit of "The Pitch" (the part about the "sitar player's secret song") all showing up.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: The Duke vs. Christian.
* SceneryPorn: It didn't win the Academy Awards for Art Direction for nothing! Luhrmann even said that when the Elephant Room set had to be dismantled after filming wrapped, it was really heartbreaking.
* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler:Oh, ''Satine''...]]
* ShoutOut: One of the Bohemian's costumes is a long brown coat, a ridiculously long, multi-coloured striped scarf and a floppy hat. [[DoctorWho Sound familiar?]]
* ShowgirlSkirt: The "Pink Diamonds" dress has a skirt of feathers that just wraps halfway around the waist.
* TheShowMustGoOn: Despite love triangles, narcolepsy, [[spoiler:assassins and consumption]]. Not to mention a [[TheSongBeforeTheStorm cover of the Queen song]].
* ShowWithinAShow: ''"Spectacular Spectacular!"''
** If you follow the opening of the movie, it's really a movie depicting a stage performance of a movie about a man singing about a man writing the story of his involvement in a musical about a man whose involvement in a musical mirrors the writer's.
* SissyVillain: The Duke. Played straight until ''El Tango de Roxanne''. Then we get the [[GreenEyedMonster green-eyed]] version.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Starts off very idealistically, then slowly slides toward cynicism. It reaches CrapsackWorld levels when you realize [[spoiler:their reconciliation DESTROYS the lives of EVERYONE we meet in the film (we know from the opening/ending that the Duke closes the Moulin Rouge)]].
** Although, as someone pointed out, [[FridgeBrilliance if you think about it,]] then you realize that while [[spoiler: the characters' ''lives'' are ruined, the ideals that they constantly fought to promote throughout the movie and through the play (freedom, love, etc.) all live on and survive solely thanks to said reconciliation]]
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The film could be considered the perfect representation of this scale because it begins Serious, goes Silly for a long time and then, the second act smashes onto Seriousness.
* SlutShaming: The rather infamous "I have paid my whore!" scene from the end of the film, complete with throwing money on the stage by her fallen body in full view of the in-story audience.
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler: It's snowing when Satine dies.]]
* StandardSnippet: Music/TheCancanSong (or technically, "Galop Infernal" from "Orpheus in the Underworld") is [[SongParody parodied]].
* StarvingArtist: All the Bohemians.
* StepfordSmiler: Satine in "The Show Must Go On".
* StockingFiller: Satine wears garters for the "poetry reading"
* SuddenlyShouting: The Argentinian is prone to this, but Christian also does it once.
* TenorBoy: Christian. His highest note is in the Finale ("My gift is my song") and it is a truly ludicrous full-voice top C. If Ewan [=McGregor=] produced it without [[AutoTune electronic assistance]], that puts him on a level with people like Luciano Pavarotti and [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]].
* ThematicSeries: This movie forms ''The Red Curtain Trilogy'' along with ''Film/StrictlyBallroom'' and ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet''. All films were directed by Lurhmann.
* TriangRelations: Number 4. "A" is The Duke, "B" is Satine and "C" is Christian.
* UnproblematicProstitution: Deconstructed. Being a working girl at the Moulin Rouge looks like a fun and glamorous life -- except that the girls have very little power and control over their own destinies.
* UpperClassTwit: The Duke--at least until he [[AxCrazy lets his mask slip.]] Shown off in hilarious fashion during Christian and Satine's duet love song "''Come What May''", when at the picnic he's flitting around in the background chasing a frog.
* VictorianNovelDisease: Satine has a classic case.
* WideEyedIdealist: Christian.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: As monstrous as the Duke is, the betrayal he feels is very real.
--> You made me believe that you loved me.
* WritersSuck: Christian comes across as a naive, hopeless romantic stumbling through a situation ''way'' over his head.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Again Satine, thanks to the tuberculosis.]] Noticing a pattern here?

!!The 1952 film contains examples of:
* BookEnds: Toulouse-Lautrec falls down a staircase as a young man, crippling him; in the end, he [[spoiler:falls down a staircase in an absinthe-induced panic attack, and dies]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Henri had a very good chance of marrying his childhood sweetheart until the accident which crippled him, at which point she couldn't stand the sight of him, which is sad, because he just looked like [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Photolautrec.jpg this]].
** According to his Wikipedia article he also may have suffered from overgrown genitals. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on ''how'' overgrown they were.
* DarkReprise: Somewhat different, in that the song Jane Avril sings is lighter than her first one, [[spoiler: but is less emotionally resonant and more hollow. Even more appropriately, at the end, as Toulouse-Lautrec dies misunderstood, the dancers from his happy days at the Moulin reappear before him one last time to say goodbye--though they imply they'll meet again in heaven]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Henri, when he's not belligerently angry or full of {{Wangst}}.
-->'''Jane Avril''': Oh Henri, why couldn't you be tall and handsome?
-->'''Henri''': [[InVinoVeritas Two more of these and I shall be]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Toulouse-Lautrec dies, while his parents and his contemporaries don't understand his art, or anything he's ever done while alive, and he just misses--by HOURS--the love of his life, now gone forever.]] Sadly, this is TruthInTelevision, as it really did end this way for him.
* GayParee: Averted, in that the presented Paris is historically accurate, with the very real danger of being mugged, prostitutes being picked up by the police, and streets that stink to high heaven from the products manufactured there.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Not 'good', per se, but when Jane Avril goes from singing in the Moulin to performing on stage, she wears a far more respectable outfit, much to the disappointment of those who want to remember her as the queen of the tease.
* IncestIsRelative: Henri's father laments that it's his fault Henri's system is so frail, as his wife is his first cousin in order to [[RoyallyScrewedUp keep the family line pure]].
* InterruptedSuicide: Interrupted by Toulouse-Lautrec himself, as he decides to devote himself to art, and in an uplifting scene, he shuts off the gas and throws open the window, letting the morning light stream in.
* IResembleThatRemark: "I do not have a nose like that! I submit it for anyone: do I have a nose like that?" (He does.)
* IronicEcho: "There's the most ''divine'' creature waiting for me..."
* IWasQuiteALooker: A very depressing scene in which [[spoiler:Toulouse-Lautrec meets La Goulue, now drunken and on the streets]].
* {{Montages}}: Specifically, a TimePassesMontage, PhotoMontage and HardWorkMontage rolled into one, with Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings, and a DrunkenMontage once Toulouse-Lautrec goes on absinthe.
* RebelPrince: Henri refuses to take a title like his father, believing that they are out of style.
* SassyBlackWoman: Aicha, the Algerian, for the one or two scenes she's in; when kicked in the behind, she kicks right back, harder, and tells La Goulue "I hope you split your breeches, kid!"
* SnicketWarningLabel: It's possible to get a HappyEnding if you miss/ignore the very end... and beginning.
* ThematicThemeTune: "[[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=oLyKbOtASHA It's April Again]]", sung by Jane Avril (the unforgettable Zsa Zsa Gabor).
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: {{In-universe}}, with regards to the Moulin.
-->'''Zidler''': I know I'm making millions, but I liked the Moulin as she was: a little strumpet who thought only of tonight. Now she's grown up and knows better. She has money in her stocking, wears corsets, and never drinks a drop too much. Worst of all, she never sees her old friends anymore...she has gone into society.
* TragicHero: Toulouse-Lautrec, whose unwillingness to trust even those who try to help him brings about his downfall.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: {{In-universe}}; how people react to Toulouse-Lautrec's art, a bit of TruthInTelevision.
* WellDoneSonGuy: The Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec practically defines this trope, declaring for most of the movie what he thinks about Henri's art: "Work? A pretext to hang about cheap dance halls and drink all night. You call that pornographic trash work?" By the end, he changes his tune, but by then [[spoiler:not only is Henri dying, he's interpreted as good because it's now famous--Henri just wanted it to be liked because it was beautiful]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Marie Charlet and Toulouse-Lautrec. They don't. Also Henri and Myriamme Hyam. [[spoiler:They don't, either.]]
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