Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann’s latest eye-blinding revelry may have received a mixed bag of critic cracks and cajoles, but there’s no question that his 2001 redressing of turn-of-the-century Paris, Moulin Rouge! remains a triumph of cinematic achievement and one of the finest musicals in film history – not to mention that it revived the musical genre itself, enticing audiences to give Chicago, Rent, Dreamgirls, and Mama Mia! their dollars (and some Oscars), even though the genre was steadily cheapened and trashed until it burned into a pile of dreck in Nine. Lurhmann is the only musical filmmaker who dares to create original material, however, and while his experiments are often imperfect, they’re still one helluva good time. So, catch Rouge on the big screen once again before you Gatsby yourself and suffer through Beyoncé and Andre 3000 destroying Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” among other atrocities, and keep chanting: “the greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
Wed., May 29, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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