Perspectives | Lecture 5 - 5 Ways 'Moulin Rouge' is Postmodern


Appropriation - 
Every song in this musical, apart from one, already existed, meaning Luhrmann decided to use popular songs from different periods in time and genres to craft his film, instead of creating new ones

Pop - 
This film, especially in terms of music, features a lot of pop culture, and is clearly designed for the masses, as opposed to only those who are already fans of musicals

Flippant - 
While the overarching story does feature quite a heavy tone as two young people's love is destined to fail, the film goes out of its way to create a feeling of joy and eccentricity even during the hardest of scenes. For example, when an attempt is being made on Christian (Ewan McGregor), there are a huge amount of cutaways to something funny, such as the hitman dancing onto the stage in order to retrieve his lost gun

Pastiche - 
The film features music and visuals that don't at all match the setting. Luhrmann drew from many existing visuals and sounds to create an extremely intriguing blend that feels unexpected and strange, yet somehow manages to work very well, conveying a feeling of wonder that an otherworldly and esteemed cabaret should

Non-linear Narrative - 
Moulin Rouge begins with Christian writing on a typewriter, with his narration giving the viewers an idea of the overarching story, even notifying that his lover is dead, giving away the entirety of the film in a matter of words, with his typing then seamlessly transitioning into the main story. And then, at the end of the film, we are greeted with the same reality we saw at the beginning of the movie; Christian typing on his typewriter in order to tell his sad love story

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