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Moulin Rouge!

2002-11-24 23:50:10+00 by meuon 4 comments

A friend gave me the DVD of Moulin Rouge! - bohemian, bizarre, and beautiful. An absolutely absinthe inspired indulgence. Mixing modern music with a fantasy 1899 Paris provides a wonderfully surreal experience.

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#Comment made: 2002-11-25 03:52:40+00 by: Pete

I've heard that one works better on a television than in a theater. Seems kinda odd.

#Comment made: 2002-11-25 13:47:46+00 by: ebradway [edit history]

I enjoyed it in the theater. I think the problem is that the film is touted as a musical and the musical folks don't usually have the stomach for the kind of camera acrobatics that were used in the film (actually, I'm sure it was mostly CG).

It was sort of what you'd expect from Gilbert & Sullivan after they spent a week listening to top-40 radio while playing SimTheme Park.

#Comment made: 2002-11-25 19:43:07+00 by: petronius

I saw it at a 1 PM cheap show and was completely floored by it. I staggered out at the end and told my wife, "This man is drunk on filmmaking!" Right behind me were some people in their late 60s who were muttering that they didn't get it. I realize now that they didn't recognize the music, and thus most of the jokes made no sense. Add on the acid-tinged photography and the absinthe-induced editing and I can see why they didn't like it. They didn't understand.

Yet I'm 52, grew up with rock and more non-linear media, and had no problem. I begin to think that around AD 1955 (ie, the Age of Elvis)there was a major break in human media conciousness. I get rap music (albeit, with a jaundiced eye), but my parents in their 70s don't. Maybe we do live in a new age.

#Comment made: 2002-11-26 02:34:49+00 by: meuon

Living in a "New" Age: I admit I've been out a little lately.. but it's amazing the people I meet that are my "age" (40) who are brain freezed into an era. So.. my random MP3 player mixes Sinatra, Techno, Coltrane and Korn and I like it.... who said life stops and you should not be able to understand and surf the "now"? I watched ita again.. following the 'green fairie' (absinthe brand) prompts on my DVD player to see how they made it. Incredible. lots of models, CG and matte prints. Still, good acting and an interesting classic story and some sick humour.

Revel in the now. live or die.