Moulin Rouge. Outline. 1. Introduction: A. Setting ; B. Plot ; C. Basic Structure ; D. Structuralist Analysis & Major Argument 2. Musical as a Genre 3. Songs in the Musical Scenes 4. Visual Signs & Postmodern (Self-Conscious) Elements. Introduction.
C. Basic Structure;
D. Structuralist Analysis & Major Argument
2. Musical as a Genre
3. Songs in the Musical Scenes
4. Visual Signs & Postmodern (Self-Conscious) Elements
A. Setting: The Bohemia underworld of Paris at the turn of the 20th Century. (1899-1900)
Bohemian spirit: The state of mind and way of life began in about 1830 and continued until 1914. It was a time and place where misfits spent their lives outside society, choosing penury, squalor and freedom over prosperity and convention. They protested against the bourgeois, against a social structure based on money, against the increasing uniformity and drabness of existence. Bohemia had always been a lotus land for misunderstood and unproductive genius; it had given an artistic aura to vagrants without talent.
Moulin Rouge is based on the Orphean myth of a penniless writer (Christine) who descends to the underworld in search of ideal love, and then falls in love with a courtesan (Satine).
Orphean myth: Orpheus, the son of Apollo and Calliope, has the power to enchant with his music. When his love, Eurydice was killed, Orpheus descended into the Underworld to plead for her return. Enchanting Hades, monarch of the Underworld, with his music, Orpheus is permitted to leave with Eurydice on condition he does not look back to see if she is following him. When Orpheus nears the entrance to the underworld, fear overpowers him, he turns back to see if Eurydice is following, and he loses her forever.
One (destitute) young man falls in love with a (rich) woman, but their love ends in tragedy, such as Shakespeare in Love; Camille.
1. Christine (subject) searches his ideal love, Satine (object) in the underworld of Paris.
2. Christine (sender) brings love into Satine’s (receiver) world.
3. The black man (helper) saves Satine twice. One is when Satine falls down from a Trapeze; the other one is when the duke (opponent) wants to rape her.
1. Bohemia underworld (Toulous) vs. Bourgeois world (The duke).
2. Love (Christine) vs. Money (Satine)
3. Practical (Zilder) vs. Romantic (Satine)
Baz Lulman uses many skills to represent the theme of this movie—LOVE, such as musical, mellow drama, and postmodernism (parody, pastiche). He pushes us to feel such romantic/extreme love can never last in reality; therefore, death is the only solution in order to keep love forever.
Spectacular” and the ending performance
──the popular India Bollywood films
A. Songs as the structure (of the film)
a. The whole film is divided into 4 sections, each section includes 5 songs
b. The first song (of each section) points out the theme
c. Zidler’s being the one to solve the crisis in the end of each section
d. The development of love between Satine and Christian (conflicts solved in songs)
**misunderstanding recognition, attraction commitment jealousy, love
e. The repetition of “Children of the Revolution”
**Bohemian spirit wins over materialism
a. American songs V.S. English songs
**songs performed by American singers represent materialism
**songs performed by English singers represent the theme of love
b. Myth related with Orientalism
1. the example of “Roxanne”
**the Argentinean is followed with Tango music
** “Roxanne” exotic, sexual, dangerous, tension, male dominance
2. the example of “Hindi”
**lyrics “She is mine”: male dominance
Satine’s part: yielding to the domination
**Hindi melody exotic, dangerous, tension, sexual, male dominance
. a. “Emptied out” and filled with a new concept
** “In the Name of Love,” Nirvana, “Roxanne”
b. Meaning changes according to different contexts
** “It’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside”
c. Songs with different meanings are combined to present a new theme
** “Elephant Love Medley”
pastiche and fragmentation
** “Elephant Love Medley,”
1. Moulin Rouge— red and another colorful colors
2. Other places— gray and dark
1. Women’s — colorful dresses — be attractive
2. Men — formal suit— pay money for pleasing women
a. The curtain of the film open
b. Toulouse sings “Natural Boy.”
c. Christine’s story telling
The start of Hindi
a. The end of Hindi
b. Christine’s typing
c. Toulouse’s song
d. The curtain of the film close
2. Fast in actions
3. Music using