||Sparkling Diamonds- Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
I saw ‘Moulin Rouge’ again last night, so guess what this entry is dedicated to?
It’s such a great film. It’s one of those films that I can watch over and over again and never get sick of (there’s not many of those… LOTR and ‘Schindler’s List’ and not much else). I mean, it has everything:
- Gorgeous male lead
- Great direction
- Music, and plenty of it
- David Wenham
The plot isn’t exactly ingenious, but it is a musical. I mean, all musicals basically have the same storyline: Two completely different people meeting and falling in love. If 'Moulin Rouge’ weren’t a musical (and probably is Baz wasn’t in the director’s chair) it would be boring.
How long did it take to edit? I mean, I bow down to those editors, they did an amazing job. I get tired just watching all those transition scenes.
And it’s so clever… the way that they show the differences between Christian’s living quarters in 1899 and 1900, the use of lighting, the use of music, the fact that the moon doubles up as a pretty good opera singer, the way it’s so fast-moving. I love the way the camera enters the Moulin Rouge. It portrays the excitement of the club so well.
And yet people hate it. It’s definitely one of those films that you either love or hate. And I know more people who hate it than love it. ‘It’s stupid- there’s absolutely no plot whatsoever.’
Film- making is different to script- writing.
Baz Luhrman is a film- making genius. He introduced me to Shakespeare, goddammit, I owe the man. And yet people think that he ruined ‘Romeo & Juliet’. I think that his style is so brazen that some people don’t get it… no, it’s not they don’t get it, they’re just not open to it. ‘Moulin Rouge’ is a visual masterpiece, it really is. It’s not my most favourite film ever (no prizes for guessing what that is), but it’s high on the list.
And words cannot express how glad I am that Ewan McGregor got the lead role, as opposed to Ronan Keating, who also tried out. I mean, that would have been hellish. That man can’t sing, and when he tries he does it through is nose.
‘Mooooooy giyyyyyft is my suuuuuuung’
My favourite scenes are: ‘Spectacular, Spectacular,’ ‘Sparkling Diamonds’, ‘The Elephant Love Medley’, ‘El Tango de Roxanne’ and ‘Like a Virgin’. I love the brilliantly choreographed scenes (such as Roxanne and Virgin). I love the whole film really, but those scenes are my favourite. :-D
Oh, and by the way: To be a successful Australian actor is it necessary to play a drag queen at least once in your career? With the exception of Heath Ledger (so far as I know).