A Tragic Love Story Regina Summers ENG 225 Instructor Moore June 27, 2011 A Tragic Love Story Outline 1. Introduction 2. Storytelling a. Where the story takes place. b. The plot is in chronological order. c. Conflict in the story. d. The conflict is both internal and external. 3. Acting a. The main actors in the film. 4. Cinematography a. Special Effects. 5. Editing a. Types of transitions used in the film. 6. Sound a. The different types of sound presented in the film. b. The different dialogues you hear in the film. c. Who is the narrator for the film? 7.
Style and Directing a. The message the director is trying to tell us through the film. 8. Societal Impact a. This movie helps you escape and lets you enjoy yourself. 9. Genre a. The type of movie it is. 10. Conclusion 11. References A Tragic Love Story In today’s society we have a numerous selection of movies to choose from. There are different types of movies to choose from and I am sure that everyone one has their favorites. My favorite is the Moulin Rouge. You will learn what kind of film this is and what the most important thing to do for one another.
In this paper we will discuss different elements of the film through the Storytelling, Acting, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Directing and Style, Societal Impact, Genre and Film Analysis and Criticism. I will take each one and break them down so that you will understand why a film needs these elements. You will also understand just how important it is to know and understand what they mean. At first in the movie we are taken to a dark, dreary place where a man sits. You can tell that he has lost the world. He decides to write a story, a story about what happened, a story about love. He goes back one year to where it all began.
The story of Moulin Rouge takes place in Paris in 1899, the summer of love. It is the time of the cancan (this is a dance of French origin which women perform high kicks to reveal their underwear), absinth consumption and love for sale. The courtesan Satine played by Nicole Kidman is the star of the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge where she bedazzles rich customers to whom she sells her body after the show. The young and naive writer Christian played by Ewan McGregor comes to the French capital where he falls under the spell of the intoxicating atmosphere, the Paris entertainment quarter.
The film is in chronological order. Yes it starts out with Christian sitting in a hotel room all alone. He has sadness in his eyes and looks like he is lost. He goes to his type writer and you begin to see flashes of his story. He begins to type and that is where the story starts. Throughout the film it does flash back to where he is sitting at the type writer but I believe that it is pauses because this story has taken a tremendous toll on him and he needs a second to continue. He tells his story of how he fell in love and how his love was lost.
One of the major external conflicts in the story is how Christian and Satine try to keep their love a secret from everyone. One of the main characters in the film they want to keep this from is The Duke. He is madly obsessed with Satine and does not want anyone to have their hands on her. He arranges an agreement with the owner Zidler that Satine is his and that Zidler can still have the Moulin Rouge. The money that the Duke has given Zidler is to turn the cabaret into a theater. The Duke is consumed with jealousy since Satine is spending all her time with Christian to write the play Spectacular, Spectacular.
Little does he know that they have fallen in love, when the Duke finds out he plans to have Christian killed if Satine does not leave him. There is even something greater than Christian’s love and the Duke’s jealousy for Satine that will take her from them both. That is Death. This internal conflict happens throughout the movie and Satine does not find out until it is too late for it to be cured. The disease progresses during the film as her love grows stronger. Zidler keeps this from everyone including Satine so that she will go on with the show. When she then finds it somewhat easy to send Christian away and pretend to be the Duke’s lady.
Even then Christian does not make it easy because he wants her to admit her feelings that she does love him. The main characters in the film are as follows Satine (Nicole Kidman), Christian (Ewan Mcgregor), Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) and The Duke (Richard Roxburgh). Satine is the beautiful and one of the most desirable highlight of the Moulin Rouge. This nightclub is where she works as a dancer and as a prostitute. Satine is the main attraction at the Moulin Rouge in other words she is the star. Christian is an English writer that moves to Paris in hopes of writing about love, but he has never been in love.
Christian falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge and becomes the writer of the play Spectacular, Spectacular. Zidler is the owner of the nightclub called Moulin Rouge. He is like a father figure to Satine, but at the same time a pimp that sells her to the highest bidder. He wants to turn the nightclub into a theater so that Satine will become a real actress. The Duke is a rich and powerful man that will do anything to keep what he wants. He invests money into the Moulin Rouge so that it will become a Theater for Satine to star in. There are multiple special effects throughout the movie.
One of my favorites is where The Duke picks up the gun and tries to kill Christian. He does not succeed because Zidler punches him in the face and the gun flies out of his hand. As you are watching this scene you will see the gun fly out of his hand, through the window and bounces off the Tower. When it does this there is a dong like noise making you feel that the gun has been hit out of the park. There is another great scene when Christian has his first glass of abstinence and sees the green fairy. The fairy is green and starts singing and dancing intensifying the feeling of lust for Christian.
You can hear the wings flapping as the fairy flies around. While Christian is telling his story about love, you will see how the film has transitions throughout the film. One example of this is when he is sitting at his typewriter and the scene fades to where Satine bends over backwards in pain and flashes back to Christian sitting there in grief wondering if he should continue with his story. This gives the viewers an idea of what is happening in the film and keeps them wanting more. This particular scene is called a dissolve. In simple two different scenes can “be seen simultaneously for a moment”. Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2011) By watching this transition you will understand why he stops typing and takes a moment because that memory is too painful to continue. There are three different types of sound presented throughout the film Moulin Rouge. The most dominant one is music. The music is the primary force driving the story forward, yes there is dialogue and it does help the flow of the story also. The music helps to tell us what the characters are feeling at various points in the film. The music becomes the story, by doing this doesn’t pull you out of the film it draws us further in.
The dialogue in the movie is where the two characters are talking together or it can be a group of characters talking. I love the scene when Satine and Christian are talking about love and then it jumps to them singing to one another. They are also multiple sound effects throughout the film for instance when the green fairy is flying around. You can hear her little fairy wings flapping away. One great example is where the gun flies out of the window and bounces off the tower in Paris. There is a dong like noise that helps support that scene. The Narrator for the film is Christian.
As I stated earlier he came to Paris to write about love not knowing that when he arrives soon after he would experience it. So for the film he tells us a story, a story about a woman whom he loved. From the beginning he tells us that she is dead, so right away we know that this will be a heartbreaking movie. He tells us by finally writing his story on his type writer. The director of the film is Baz Luhrmann. His message for the audience is that you can overcome any obstacle as long as you have love. The greatest thing you could ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
In the film we wonder how can a courtesan love when she gets paid by men to do whatever they want her to do. Which can be sexual or not. But little did Satine know that she would fall for a poor writer and choose him over the The Duke that could give her anything that she desired. As Christian says in the film all you need is love to survive, it is like oxygen and it lifts you up where you belong. Moulin Rouge is a great movie to watch. Its societal impact helps you to escape to a place where you can sing, dance, laugh, and cry. It can compel you to remember when you once felt your emotions when you first fell in love.
It can also take you to a place of greed and jealousy and what that can do to a person. Jealousy can drive you mad and it can also show you what length some people will go just to have what they want. Some will kill or command other to kill if they cannot have what they want. There are different types of Genre and Moulin Rouge would be classified as a Musical. Genre is a type of film. You can figure out what kind of movie you are watching by paying close attention to the “familiar story formulas, character types, settings, and iconography (visual imagery with symbolic implications)”. Goodykoontz ; Jacobs, 2011) When you what Moulin Rouge you will notice the music and singing in the film off the bat you will know it is considered a musical. The story line will also help you to determine that it is a love story. An overall examination of the film is that Moulin Rouge is a musical with a tragic love story but is supported with comical references. It is truly a must for everyone. We have learned that there are different elements that we can use so that we may analysis and understand a film that we are watching. As I said before that there are numerous movies in today’s society and we can choose what we want to watch.
By reading this paper you will be able to take these elements and use them to have a better understanding of any movie that you chose to watch. We have learned that each one has a very important role that they play when it comes to producing, understanding, and viewing any film. We have learned that the Moulin Rouge is not just a musical it is an entertaining and heart throbbing film that introduces us to the underworld of music, dancing, sex, lies and the most important thing of all is love. References Goodykoontz, B. ; Jacobs, C. (2011) From Watching to Seeing. San Diego, CA. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. http://www. content. ashford. edu
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