Essay on Auteur Criticism for Moulin Rouge by Baz Luhrmann

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Auteur Criticism for Moulin Rouge! by Baz Luhrmann As a director Luhrmann has only five films under his filmmaking belt; Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Australia (2008), and his latest film, The Great Gatsby (2012) (Horn, 4). Even with such a short list of films he has directed, Luhrmann’s directing style is recognizable and obvious for all of his movies. The most noticeable characteristics of this director are his films’ favorable close-up use of editing, his choice of musical selection, and his hyper-theatrical film worlds; Luhrmann’s film Moulin Rouge! has all of these characteristics and is a great example of his unique style of directing. By knowing these few elements of his style, viewers …show more content…
Luhrmann almost ridiculously uses a hyper-theatrical way in which to present his movies. Meaning, that he almost has his films appear as though they are on stage being performed by the characters in such a way that they are in a mock-theater. For his film Moulin Rouge! this is very easily done since the movie does in fact take place in a theater. Even so, Luhrmann keeps his theatrical style for this film from the opening credits. Following the opening title ‘Paris 1900’ the shot transforms into a shot of the building of the Moulin Rouge, with the character Toulouse singing the opening song, almost like he would if he were performing on a real stage. The orchestra plays the ‘20th Century Fox’ music, then goes into selections from the movie, just as an actual play being performed would do. Flashing colors of the Can-Can dancers show Luhrmann’s over-the-top creative visual standing and all over the screen this film is an explosion of visual styles (Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann). Music is another very important, and one of the aspects of Luhrmann's films that make him stand out as a director. His musical selections really stand out because in his movies he wants to create “the exact emotional tones” necessary in order to tell his specific stories (Green, 26). Luhrmann uses uncharacteristic styles and genres of music in order to tell them and to create a world that is

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