Moulin Rouge Film Analysis

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Moulin Rouge (1952) was a movie directed by John Houston which was based in the late 19th century of Paris. The movie was a biopic of the famous Post – Impressionist artist, Henri de Toulouse – Lautrec and also introduced the audience to the bohemian sub- culture of the 1890s Paris.

The movie started with the exuberant and enthusiastic dance of the Can-Can dancers in a nightclub which is extravagant and extreme. There was a long curvy stair, a big centre place for dancing which brightly lit and lots of draperies in colour Red.

The dancers wore long sleeved white cotton shirts which had ruffles and were fastened at the neck. These were tucked into skirts under which the dancers wore bloomers and ruffled petticoat with black stockings, thus the dancers were completely covered from head to toe. There were two dancers who had low neck lines of their garments which were also bright coloured. Then, Jane Avril – a singing sensation, character played by Zsa Zsa Gabor, enters. She had a completely different look from the dancers. Jane Avril was elegantly dressed in an off shoulder long dress with puff sleeves and a big and elaborate hat with feathers. She had a net neck tie which was tied in a big bow, she also wore satin elbow length gloves. Red lipstick was also part of her look.

The elite women wore dresses which were floor length and A-line in silhouette. The dress consisted of a tight bodice with a gored skirt which was cinched at the waist and fell naturally over the hips.

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