Tonight at 8/7c we are showing Baz Luhrman’s “Moulin Rouge!” (In the interest of time, please save all applause to the end.) The film stars Ewan McGregor as a writer who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), who introduces him to a world of sex, drugs, music, theater, and the scandalous dance known as the cancan, all at the Moulin Rouge, a decadent dance hall, brothel, and theater that’s the brainchild of Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent). Christian also meets and falls into a tragically doomed romance with the courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), who becomes the star of the play he’s writing.
The movie has a lot of celebrities, but the real star of the movie is the music. Luhrmann integrates rock music from a century later, including songs by Nirvana, Madonna, the Beatles, and Queen, among others, into the film and it works brilliantly. Here are five of our favorite songs from the soundtrack of “Moulin Rouge!”:
1. “Nature Boy” by David Bowie and Massive Attack
2. “Because We Can” by Fatboy Slim
3. “Diamond Dogs” by Beck
4. “Children of the Revolution” by Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer
5. “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink
“Moulin Rouge!” airs at 8/7c