Ten years ago, Baz Luhrmann brought us into the world of the “Moulin Rouge,” a sexy, musical take on the subculture of turn-of-the-century Paris based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. It starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman and featured over-the-top costumes and reinventions of modern songs from “Lady Marmalade” to “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
To commemorate that movie’s 10th anniversary, MTV News reunites Luhrmann, Kidman and McGregor to celebrate “Moulin Rouge at 10: A Spectacular Spectacular MTV News Event” on Monday, May 2, at 3 p.m. ET on MTV.com. The director and stars will be joined by co-star John Leguizamo, who played artist Toulouse-Lautrec, and Catherine Martin, who won the Oscar for costume design and art direction. Hosted by MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, the live stream will include special appearances and live interviews while looking back at how the film came to be and how its legacy continues to grow.
To get in on the fun, fans can submit questions for the “Moulin Rouge” director and talent via the @MTVNews Twitter handle with the hashtag #AskMoulin.
The film premiered in 2001, quickly permeated pop culture and reinvented the modern movie musical. Its influence can still be seen today with the success of musical television shows like “Glee” and “American Idol.” It’s also had an impact on fashion, graphic design and style.
The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, and it won two, for art direction and costume design. It was the first musical nominated for Best Picture in 22 years. “Moulin Rouge” also took home two MTV Movie Awards for Best Musical Sequence (Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) and Best Female Performance (Nicole Kidman).
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