Media Studies - Moulin Rouge
Baz Lurhman describes 'Moulin Rouge' as "Audience Participation Cinema". With close
reference to the opening of the film, analyse the techniques
he uses to remind us that "we are watching a movie"
'Moulin Rouge' is a fanciful, feast for the eyes, provocative display of raw emotions, seduction, titillation and lost love. The contrived plot recounts a witty love story, revealing the tale of the meant to be together yet condemned lovers. Christian, the good, poor but sincere poet and Satine, the famous courtesan who dances shamelessly at the decadent night club known as the Moulin Rouge, widely known as the most beautiful woman in Paris, and thus addressed as "the Sparkling Diamond". 'Moulin Rouge' collaborates the factors of a musical as the characters frequently burst into song, telling their story through music and celebrates popular music which shapes our emotions and memories whilst enraptured, watching the film.
When creating 'Moulin Rouge' the director, Baz Lurhman, had many aims for the film that were necessary to accomplish the final effects of this fantastical movie. These specific aims included re-creating the Moulin Rouge as it was known at the turn of the 20th Century, complete with the exotic, glamour and eroticism associated with it, recognised as "A kingdom of night time pleasures, where the rich and powerful come to play with the young and beautiful creatures of the underworld", a place where identities could be shed and people could re-invent themselves.. The constant theme of love was portrayed as the thing that could "overcome all obstacles" until death would finally tear the star-crossed lovers apart. Lurhman wanted to intertwine the different elements of love, comedy, tragedy and romance, permitting him to make the audience laugh out loud one...