Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Postmodernism - Moulin Rouge (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001) is a romantic musical film directed by Baz Luhrmann. The plot follows a young writer/poet named Christian on his journey to Paris, a place where he dreams to live the the bohemian life style. Up on arrival to Paris he finds himself writing a play which will be put forward as a show for the Moulin Rouge, a prestigious gentleman's club located in Montmartre Square Paris. It is there where he meets a beautiful courtesan named Satine, a person of which he falls in love with instantly, who through out the rest of the movie tries to hide there love affair from Harold Zidler the owner of the Moulin Rouge, and Christian's love rival the Duke, who is also on a journey for Satine's love.

The are many reasons up on why the Moulin Rouge can be classed as a post modern film. One reason being its fantastic 'mash-up' genre, particularly within its soundtrack. The films score takes well known contemporary songs such as; Diamond Dogs, Lady Marmalade, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Like a Virgin, and Roxanne, and then uses them completely out of context, for example the film is set in late 1800's to early the early 1900's yet the sound track still manages to apply such contemporary songs within an old fashioned set, and make them work for the story. An example of this mashup can be scene in the clip below, which is the scene where Christan enters the Moulin Rouge for the very first time.

As you can see from the video clip, the film is based around an old fashioned set within France, but the different techniques used in the films editing completely ignores the rules of the old fashioned set. It applies contemporary styles of editing, for example, the fast paced cuts and camera angles work well to bring across the feeling of excitement and exhilaration.

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