Analysis of Movie Moulin Rouge

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Analysis of Movie Moulin Rouge

In this essay I will be analyzing in depth four scenes from Baz

Luhrmann's critically acclaimed Moulin Rouge that was released in

2000. I will be analyzing the opening sequence, the sequence in the

Moulin Rouge itself, the two dancing sequences 'Like a Virgin' and

'Tango Roxanne' and the final scenes of the film. Throughout this

essay I will be commenting on the filming techniques that Luhrmann

uses and what affects these have on the audience, also I will be

analyzing how the film is similar and different to typical Hollywood


There are many elements of film musicals, which are present in typical

Hollywood, and Broadway musicals. For example the synchronized dancing

can be seen in many musicals such as 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

and 'Cabaret'. The musical films are a development from the dance

halls and silent movies and became very popular in the 1930's. This

popularity remained until the television boom in the 70's and 80's,

and also due to the fact that more realistic films were being released

and people saw the films as unrealistic and fantastical. Busby Berkley

was a film director and choreographer who built a reputation as dance

director of numerous Broadway shows and early musical films before

directing the Warner Brothers' backstage saga Forty-Second Street

(1933). Berkley perfected the still new technique of synchronizing the

filmed image to a pre-recorded soundtrack. As a result, microphones

were not needed during musical sequences, making fluid camera motion

and intricate editing possible. Berkley set cameras on custom built

booms and overhead views of geometrically arran...

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... of the dancing scenes the dancers are synchronized; also the men

in the Moulin Rouge wear the same. The fact that the 'baddy' of the

film is portrayed as being English is similar. The Moulin Rouge is all

about putting on a show which is what musicals are all about,

especially Broadway musical. There is a huge element of romance

throughout the film.

The film on the other hand is different to typical musicals as there

isn't a happy ending. Typical musicals end with, for example, the two

main characters getting married or driving off into the sunset,

however Moulin Rouge ends with the death of the main female character

and love interest, Satine. The sepia is different to typical musicals.

The prostitutes in the Moulin Rouge itself wear different clothing,

which isn't seen in musicals, which adds to the films diversity.
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