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The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge' (2001)

Documentary about the making of Baz Luhrmann's musical, Moulin Rouge.


Thomas C. Grane


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Baz Luhrmann ... Himself - Director
Nicole Kidman ... Herself / Satine
Craig Pearce Craig Pearce ... Himself - Writer
Ewan McGregor ... Himself / Christian
John Leguizamo ... Himself / Toulouse-Lautec
Jim Broadbent ... Himself / Harold Zidler
Richard Roxburgh ... Himself / The Duke
Catherine Martin ... Herself - Production & Costume Design
Brigitte Broch Brigitte Broch ... Herself - Set Decorator
Angus Strathie ... Himself - Costume Designer
Caroline O'Connor Caroline O'Connor ... Herself / Nini Legs-in-the-Air
John O'Connell John O'Connell ... Himself - Choreographer
Marius De Vries ... Himself - Musical Director
Fatboy Slim ... Himself - Songwriter
Beck ... Himself - Musician


This made-for-tv documentary treats romance fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann's musical tale of love between a poet and a courtesan in fin-de-siecle Paris. Includes interviews with director Luhrmann, stars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman and the rest of the the cast and crew of the film, who all share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it to completion. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Backstage at the Moulin Rouge
22 January 2002 | by ryangilmer007See all my reviews

The 26 minute HBO documentary is quite decent, yet it isn't exactly a must see.

It, like the film it documents, is a tad lacking in directly, with no reason why certain people are interviewed (for example why interview only Christina Aguilera instead of say Lil Kim? or Pink? and better yet why not interview all 4 of the Moulin Rouge "Girls"?).

Still, the film also plays like an extension of the "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) film, which is good. The films intra titles (like 360, etc...) are very much in the "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) style and the segway from black/white archival photos of old Moulin rouge along with the beginning click, as if we needed to enter a nickel to start the nickelodeon/zeotrope showing of the old film add to the the overall ambiance of this documentary.

Yet, the film delves into self promotion of all that is Baz at the end by showing clips of "Strictly Ballroom" (1992) and "Romeo & Juliet" (1996). Perhaps people whom want a glimpse of Leonardo D. will like this additional stuff, but why not just stick to "Moulin Rouge!" (2001).

This feature is on the "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) DVD. It is one of many good aspects about the DVD. However, some comment on the 1950 film "Moulin Rouge" or a double feature with that film also would have been neet.

Rating: 7

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