Film / Moulin Rouge!

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

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 musical film, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. 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 earnest young poet, has left his Victorian London 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, Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec Montfa, painter, actor, and Bohemian revolutionary extraordinaire. He, along with the Argentinean (narcoleptic, as it turns out) and the rest of their 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", Satine (Kidman), the club's highest-paid courtesan and star attraction. Zidler, in turn, is relying on the patronage of the odious 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 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, 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. There is an interesting misunderstanding, but Christian's fundamental innocence and the power of his (well, Elton John's) poetry win her over, leaving her 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 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 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 Music Video for its use of Jitter Cam. It is also composed almost exclusively of Cover Versions of songs, though most of them have been rewritten into new styles. Madonna's "Like a Virgin" becomes a Busby Berkeley Number (sung by a man), 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 William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet). It is also one of the most sustained examples of Mood Whiplash in recent history: the bleak Framing Device of Christian at his typewriter switches quickly into a vibrant, almost cartoonish comedy before the inevitable spiral towards the Bittersweet / Downer Ending. Finally, it was the first musical to gain any sort of widespread popularity for a couple decades, and has helped launch the recent revival of the genre.

This movie has no relation to the biopic of the same. If you're looking for that, you'll find it here.

The film provides examples of:

  • Absurd Altitude: When all the top hats fly into the air, an exterior shot of the city shows them soaring up above the buildings.
    • After Zidler punches out the Duke, his gun flies out through a window and hits the Eiffel Tower.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: The musical Anachronism Stew was so that modern audiences could better feel why the patrons of the Moulin Rouge loved the place as much as they did.
  • All Part of the Show: Satine passing out and falling off the swing is played as this by Zidler.
    • Satine and Christian's reconciliation... and her death.
  • All There in the Manual: Each of the courtesans at the Moulin Rouge has a specific name, along with a costume that reflects that name. Examples include French Maid, Petite Princess (a dwarf), Madame Fromage (a Big Beautiful Woman in clothing that suggests desserts), Travesty (which anyone who listens to Eddie Izzard will know is French for "transvestite", who wears a man's suit and top hat on the top of her body, and a can-can dress on the bottom), and Pearly Queen (who wears various expensive-looking items, such as furs and pearls).
  • Anachronism Stew: The characters sing the songs of Nat King Cole, Queen, The Beatles, Madonna, Elton John, Nirvana and Rodgers and Hammerstein, to name a few.
    • Not to mention that they reference many other songs, like "My Way", "Love is Like Oxygen" and "Diamond Dogs".
    • invokedWord of God says this was a deliberate stylistic choice, to convey to contemporary viewers that the Moulin Rouge was the wildest nightclub imaginable.
  • Arc Words:
    • "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.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Duke, obviously.
  • Artistic Licence Biology: Someone suffering from the final stages of consumption would not be in any condition to sing, let alone be able to reach the high notes Satine does at the end. (This is consistent with the source material; much literature and theatre of the period inflicted their heroines with tuberculosis, but reinterpreted said heroines' wasting sickness to "becomes attractively pale, thin and delicate-looking".)
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: 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".
  • Attempted Rape: The Duke tries this on Satine, after it becomes clear that she loves Christian and not him.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Come What May".
  • Bowdlerization: The cancan dancers depicted in the movie did not wear split underwear (which was the style at the time) in order to keep the film ratings-friendly.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: The Trope Namer—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.
  • Concepts Are Cheap: Christian spends the film chasing after abstract concepts. The movie does very little to explore what these ideas mean in the first place. He believed that because he and Satine believe in Freedom, Art and Love, the universe has to bend around them and that he never has to make any tough choices. Also, it doesn't ever seem to occur to him that these concepts aren't always compatible with each other. For instance, for his play to succeed, he would have to avoid falling in love with the investor's love interest. He also doesn't respect Satine's freedom to love someone other than him, seeing her attempt to break up with him as a result of being manipulated the whole time.
  • Concert Climax: "Come What May (reprise)"; the song was intended to be this for the Show Within a Show (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.
  • Concert Kiss: Christian and Satine's kiss at the climax of Spectacular, Spectacular.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: 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.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Satine breaks up with Christian because if she doesn't, the Duke will kill him. Plus she's dying of consumption.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: The Duke. Bonus points for being known only as "The Duke".
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Satine dies in Christian's arms.
  • Downer Ending: 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 it's even worse—the Moulin Rouge got shut down after events of the main story.
    • Given the Duke and his manservant attempted murder of Christian in the middle of a performance, you would think one or both would under murder rep..
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Christian walks out before the finale of El Tango de Roxanne, depressed at the thought of Satine sleeping with the Duke. He doesn't realize that the Argentinian is not playing Christian, but the Duke, and that Satine's death is inevitable.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite Christian slut-shaming her in front of an entire audience, Satine doesn't see this as crossing the line when it comes to breakup etiquette.
  • Excited Show Title!: The title of the movie officially has an exclamation mark in it.
  • Fauxdian Slip:
    Nini Legs-In-The-Air: "This ending's silly. Why would the courtesan go for the penniless writer? Whoops! I mean sitar player."
    • Immediately followed by a true Freudian Slip:
      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...
  • Fisher Kingdom: At the beginning of the film (with the Moulin Rouge closed), Monmartre has become a grey, desolate place. One flashback later and it is colorful and lively.
  • Foregone Conclusion: 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.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: A few outfits, such as the skirt in the "Pink Diamonds" dress.
  • Framing Device: 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.
  • Gay Paree: The wild artistic and sexual shenanigans of the Montmartre District à la fin du siècle .
  • Gilded Cage: The Moulin, for Satine, the other "Diamond Dogs," and probably Zidler too.
  • Graceful Loser: Double Subverted. The duke begins to walk away when it seems that he will never have Satine, and then he attempts to shoot at them. Once he is punched in the face by Zidler, this causes him to leave.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: 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!!!!"
  • Grumpy Old Man: Christian's father.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: The "Like a Virgin" scene, where the Duke and Zidler constantly vie to see who can be the loudest/most over-the-top/silliest.
  • Harmless Villain: Subverted. At first the Duke seems like an ineffectual nitwit, but we soon learn otherwise.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A small one. In the finale, Nini is one of the courtesans who helps prevent Warner from killing Christian, suggesting that she might feel guilty about revealing his and Satine's affair.
  • The Hero Dies: Satine herself at the end.
  • He Who Must Not Be Heard: Warner, the Duke's bodyguard. His gun is more articulate than he is.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Satine.
  • Heroic Bystander: The courtesans and bohemians get the chance to save the day in the finale. Toulouse swings from the rafters and knocks the gun from Warner's hand; Nini uses her high kicks to knock Warner upside the head and keep him from recovering the weapon; the Argentinian clocks him with a door; and the sitar player brains him with his instrument. It's Petite Princess, though, who is the most heroic: she climbs to the top of the stage and, just as Warner is about to fire, drops a sandbag onto his head, making him miss and sending the pistol flying.
  • Hidden Depths: Satine seems to be a shallow material diva in the beginning, but falling in love with Christian shows there is more to her.
  • High-Class Call Girl: All the girls at the Moulin Rouge, but especially Satine.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec is a major character, but composer Erik Satie also features as one of the Bohos and composes the music for "Spectacular! Spectacular!"
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: invokedWord of God states that the idea of the movie is to rocket the HSQ to infinity.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Satine makes no illusions or excuses about being a courtesan, but she definitely falls in love with Christian.
  • How We Got Here: See the Framing Device explanation.
  • Ill Girl: Satine, thanks to her tuberculosis.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: "I am cold... hold me Christian..."
  • Innocent Innuendo + Unusual Euphemism:
    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, poetry. (coquettishly) Ooh, I love a little poetry after supper.
    It is an innuendo that continues (one-sidedly) into the rendezvous itself.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Satine, again thanks to her tuberculosis.
  • In Love with Love: Christian travels to Paris to explore the idea of love. So naturally, he plans to fall in love with the hottest looking prostitute in town. Therefore, he totally breaks down once his idealistic view is shattered.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: The film is book-ended by Christian writing a book about his and Satine's story.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: 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.
  • Jukebox Musical
  • Karma Houdini: Nini suffers no consequences for 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.
    • The Duke himself. While he doesn't get to keep Satine, he doesn't really suffer much in the end. In fact, he manages to exact Disproportionate Retribution against everyone, as it is implied that he did follow through with his threat and closed down the Moulin Rouge.
  • Lady in Red: 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. The red is meant to draw the veiwer's attention to make it clear how she is drawing the protagonist's attention (and everyone else's).
  • Large Ham: The movie is (also) an endless ham parade, but Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh take the whole cake. They even fight over it during the "Like A Virgin" number.
  • 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.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The Duke and Christian, and Satine for a while, are not told that she is dying of consumption.
  • Loving a Shadow: 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.
  • Magic Music: "Your Song" made Satine fall in love with Christian.
    • Also makes The Duke fall in love with Satine.
  • The Man in the Moon: Appears during the 'Your Song' and 'Elephant Love Medley' sequences, where he is voiced by Placido Domingo (on the soundtrack recording it's Alessandro Safina that you hear, though).
  • Mating Dance: Done beautifully with El Tango de Roxanne.
  • Meaningful Name: My bodyguard name is Warner. You've been warned!
  • Minor Character, Major Song: The Narcoleptic Argentinian, who is basically a walking joke for most of the film at this point, gets the absolutely epic arrangement of "El Tango de Roxanne." He doesn't do much afterwards, either.
  • Mood Lighting + Deliberately Monochrome: 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: The movie starts out Crapsack World, goes straight into Lightheartedly Cartoonish once the flashbacks start, and thereafter is a slow decline into its Downer Ending 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 the Argentinian miming slitting her throat.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ewan McGregor is in this, after all.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nicole Kidman looks damn good in this one.
  • No Name Given: 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.
    • invokedWord of God 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 (no, not that one) being prominent examples.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Except for Toulouse, none of the characters have a French accent. They all seem to speak the Queen's French.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Because Christian does not fully understand the implications of romantic relationships, when Satine breaks up with him, he learns to hate the idea of love and plans on getting revenge.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Satine's entire wardrobe operates on this trope.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: 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.
  • Only in It for the Money: 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Zidler almost exclusively addresses Satine by various endearments such as "Cherub" or "My Little Strawberry". The first time he addresses her by her actual name, it is to say, "You're dying, Satine!"
  • Parental Substitute: Zidler to Satine.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Most of Satine's "show" costumes, such as the 'Pink Diamonds' dress with the skirt made out of feathers.
  • Plot-Induced Illness: Satine's illness takes hold at the worst possible time, just as she and Christian reunite during the climax.
  • Protagonist Centred Morality: The main character and the villain both want to be in love with the same woman and feel entitled to have her, albeit with different perspectives on love. They both take incredibly cruel actions when she rejects their advances, showing that they can't respect her wishes. But we are clearly supposed to side with Christian because of how revolutionary he is.
  • Rape as Drama: The Duke attempts to force himself on Satine when she refuses to go through with the seduction at the Gothic Tower.
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • El Tango De Roxanne, based on The Police's "Roxanne" with music from Mariano Mores' "Tanguera".
    • Madonna's "Like a Virgin" done as a Gilbert and Sullivan number, complete with Busby Berkeley choreography. And Gilbert is one of the singers!
    • 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.
  • Recycled In Space:
    • Moulin Rouge is the Disney Acid Sequence remix of La Traviata, which itself is La Dame aux Camellias AS AN OPERA!
    • Moulin Rouge also has elements of La Bohème (Scènes de la vie de bohème AS AN OPERA!) and the Orpheus myth.
    • Not to exclude at all the fact that Spectacular Spectacular, and therefore the plot of the film itself, is obviously taken from an ancient Sanskrit play called The Little Clay Cart.
  • Reprise Medley: 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.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The Duke vs. Christian.
  • Scenery Porn: 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.
  • Secretly Dying: Oh, Satine...
  • Shout-Out: One of the Bohemian's costumes is a long brown coat, a ridiculously long, multi-coloured striped scarf and a floppy hat. Sound familiar?
  • Showgirl Skirt: The "Pink Diamonds" dress has a skirt of feathers that just wraps halfway around the waist.
  • The Show Must Go On: Despite love triangles, narcolepsy, assassins and consumption. Not to mention a cover of the Queen song.
  • Show Within a Show: "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.
  • Sissy Villain: The Duke. Played straight until El Tango de Roxanne. Then we get the green-eyed version.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Starts off very idealistically, then slowly slides toward cynicism. It reaches Crapsack World levels when you realize 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, if you think about it, then you realize that while 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
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: 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.
  • Slut-Shaming: 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.
  • Snow Means Death: It's snowing when Satine dies.
  • Standard Snippet: The Cancan Song (or technically, "Galop Infernal" from "Orpheus in the Underworld") is parodied.
  • Starving Artist: All the Bohemians.
  • Stepford Smiler: Satine in "The Show Must Go On".
  • Stocking Filler: Satine wears garters for the "poetry reading"
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: The Argentinian is prone to this, but Christian also does it once.
    • When the Duke does it, you realize that he's no longer just a campy buffoon, but is seriously dangerous.
  • Tenor Boy: 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 electronic assistance, that puts him on a level with people like Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury.
  • Thematic Series: This movie forms The Red Curtain Trilogy along with Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. All films were directed by Lurhmann.
  • Triang Relations: Number 4. "A" is The Duke, "B" is Satine and "C" is Christian.
  • Undercrank: Used here and there, and generally Played for Laughs.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: 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.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The Duke—at least until he 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.
  • Victorian Novel Disease: Satine has a classic case. She's dying from TB, but this has no effect on her beauty or her singing ability.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Duke after Warner's assassination attempt has failed spots the gun and picks it up and charges at the stage aiming at Christian and Satine screaming "My way! My way! MY WAY!!" No doubt he would've been arrested for attempted murder if he fired at them if Zidler hadn't knocked his block off but at that point he didn't care.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Christian.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: As monstrous as the Duke is, the betrayal he feels is very real.
    You made me believe that you loved me.
  • World Half Empty/World Half Full: Aside from being an example of Mood Whiplash and Fisher Kingdom, the contrast between the opening of the movie and the flashback illustrates these tropes. First the audience is shown Montmarte as a bleak and desolate place, with its inhabitants doped up on absinthe and various other drugs, while a priest stands outside the entrance warning the viewer not to enter "this village of sin." Then when everything flips to the colorful, happy, lively Montmartre, some of the same characters are seen again dancing, singing, and playing music as "children of the revolution". An implication that can be drawn from this (beyond that the district's fortunes and happiness depend upon Satine's life) is that neither view is completely correct by itself, that the real Montmartre was a mix of the two, or at least depended on point of view and one's experiences there.
  • Writers Suck: Christian comes across as a naive, hopeless romantic stumbling through a situation way over his head.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Again Satine, thanks to the tuberculosis. Noticing a pattern here?


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