Moulin Rouge

Satine: Nicole Kidman
Christian: Ewan McGregor
Henri Ramone de Toulouse-Lautrec: John Leguizamo
Harold Zidler: Jim Broadbent
The Duke of Monroth: Richard Roxburgh
China Doll: Natalie Mendoza
20th Century Fox presents a film directed by Baz Luhrmann. Written by Craig Pearce & Luhrmann. Running time: 127 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sexual

Central Theme
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

The story follows a poet who defies his father by moving to Monmartre, France, the 19th century equivalent of Andy Warhol’s Factory. He falls into the world of Toulouse-Lautrec and his entourage, and is drafted to write a nightclub spectacular. In this seedy world of sex, drugs and electricity, he begins a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with the club’s highest paid star and courtesan.

Beliefs num
–It is better to have loved and lost than never to be loved at all.
–Love that is ‘doomed’ can still be stong enough to get through anything.
–The line between fantasy and reality is not terribly important.
–Jealousy will drive you mad.
–Love is completely separate from physical sex.
–Even a prostitute can find ‘ideal’ love.
–‘Ideal’ love can be strong enough to make you want to kill to keep it.
–There are some people who cannot afford the luxury of true love

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do people truly desire faithfulness in their relationships?
–If someone is unfaithful to their lover, does that mean they don’t love them?
–Are there some loves which are just not meant to be?
–Can a strong love realistically overcome the circumstances of being from different worlds?
–Is there any price not worth paying to experience true love?
–Can one continue to have sex with others and still have one ‘true’ love?
–Are there some people, such as a prostitute, who cannot be afford the luxury of true love?

Provocative Quotes byline
–The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
–This story is about truth, beauty, freedom; but above all things, this story is about love.
–She said you make her feel ‘like a virgin.’ Like a…virgin? Touched for the very first time!
==Conversation between Harold Zidler and the Duke of Worchester
–I was made for lovin’ you, baby, you were made for lovin’ me! The only way of lovin’ me, baby, is to pay a lovely fee!
==Christian’s musical statement to Satine, and her sung back response
–You may see me only as a drunken, vice-ridden gnome whose friends are just pimps and girls from the brothels. But I know about art and love, if only
because I long for it with every fiber of my being.
==Henri Toulouse-Lautrec to Christian
–Love? Above all things I believe in love.
–Love is just a game.
–The French are glad to die for love.
–Things aren’t always as they seem. Things are exactly the way they seem.
==Henri Toulouse-Lautrec to Christian, and Christian’s response
–Thank you for curing me of my ridiculous obsession with love.
–We’re creatures of the underworld. We can’t afford to love.
==Harold Zidler

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