Moulin Rouge


Fresh from reinventing cine-Shakespeare with Romeo + Juliet, Bazmark Anthony Luhrmann returned to megaphone-wielding duties to revive the ailing musical and make Nicole Kidman a superstar (Tom who?). It's Carry On Busby Berkeley for the opening, while the film's narrative frailties aren't helped by giving away the ending two minutes in. But the dazzling set design, innovative use of pop songs and superb turns from Kidman and Ewan McGregor ensure that this is a worthy Oscar contender.

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