Moulin Rouge!

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Moulin Rouge! (English pronunciation: /muːˈlɑːn ˈruːʒ/, from French: [mulɛ̃ ʁuʒ]) is a 2001 romantic musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. Following the Red Curtain Cinema principles, the film is based on the Orphean myth and on Giuseppe Verdi's opera, La Traviata. It tells the story of a young, English poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the terminally-ill star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine. It uses the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, and won two: for art direction and costume design. It was the first musical nominated for best picture in 22 years. It was filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia.

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In 1899, Christian (Ewan McGregor) moves to the Montmartre district of Paris. He encounters a musical troupe led by Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) that is developing a new play for Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent), owner of the Moulin Rouge. Christian's writing helps the show, entitled "Spectacular Spectacular", and Christian presents the work to its star courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman), to win her favour. Zidler has arranged for Satine to spend the night with the wealthy Duke of Monroth (Richard Roxburgh) who wishes to invest in the cabaret. Through miscommunication, Satine mistakes Christian for the Duke and begins seducing him despite his insistence he is only there to present his poetry. Even so Satine falls in love with Christan after he manages to recite one of his poems. The Duke enters while Satine is trying to hide Christian. Satine urges Christian to leave without the Duke noticing. After he refuses, she tells the Duke that they should wait and pushes him out. Once he has gone, Satine faints. The Duke returns, finding Christian and Satine in a compromising position. Satine states that Christian is only rehearsing. They improvise a new plot with an evil maharajah attempting to woo an Indian courtesan who is in love with a poor sitar player. The Duke agrees to finance the show on the condition that he is the only one allowed to see Satine.

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