Moulin Rouge Original and Limited Edition Art (2001)
Moulin Rouge: In 1899, Christian (Ewan McGregor) moves to the Montmartre district of Paris. He encounters a musical troupe led by Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) that is developing a new play for Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent), owner of the Moulin Rouge. Christian's writing helps the show, entitled "Spectacular Spectacular", and Christian presents the work to its star courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman), to win her favour. Zidler has arranged for Satine to spend the night with the wealthy Duke of Monroth (Richard Roxburgh) who wishes to invest in the cabaret. Through miscommunication, Satine mistakes Christian for the Duke and begins seducing him despite his insistence he is only there to present his poetry. Even so Satine falls in love with Christan after he manages to recite one of his poems. The Duke enters while Satine is trying to hide Christian. Satine urges Christian to leave without the Duke noticing. After he refuses, she tells the Duke that they should wait and pushes him out. Once he has gone, Satine faints. The Duke returns, finding Christian and Satine in a compromising position. Satine states that Christian is only rehearsing. They improvise a new plot with an evil maharajah attempting to woo an Indian courtesan who is in love with a poor sitar player. The Duke agrees to finance the show on the condition that he is the only one allowed to see Satine. As the troupe prepares for the show, Satine and Christian's relationship becomes deeper, and they continually invent excuses as to why Satine cannot spend time with the Duke, who begins complaining to Zidler that Satine is spending too much time with Christian. After spying Satine and Christian together, Zidler promises the Duke that Satine will have dinner with him that night and goes to Satine, telling her to end the affair; after he leaves, Satine collapses, and a doctor's visit reveals that she has consumption. The Duke is enraged when Satine does not show up to dinner, but Zidler manages to salvage the situation by telling him that she is at confession. Satine tells Christian that they must end their relationship. Christian convinces her that they should stay together by writing ("Come What May") a song he will put in the show. Nini (Caroline O'Connor), jealous, points out that the play is a metaphor for Christian, Satine and the Duke. The Duke tells Zidler to change the ending so that the courtesan ends up with the maharajah. Satine insists that she spend the night with The Duke to discuss the ending, intending to sleep with him in order to get him to keep the play's original ending. That night, The Duke offers Satine a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming an actress, but when Satine looks down from the window and sees Christian in the street, she is unable to go through with her plan to sleep with the Duke. The Duke attempts to rape Satine, but another dancer, Chocolat, saves Satine and takes her to Christian, who plans for the two of them to run away from the Moulin Rouge. The Duke reports this to Zidler and states that unless Satine is his, he will have Christian killed. Zidler finds Satine getting ready to leave and tells her that the Duke has ordered Christian killed, and that Satine is dying of consumption. The next day, Satine visits Christian's loft and claims that she is staying with The Duke. Christian follows Satine back to the Moulin Rouge only to be refused entry. On the opening night, Toulouse-Lautrec convinces Christian that Satine may still love him, so he sneaks into the Moulin Rouge. He approaches Satine, trying to pay her for their sex, but Satine attempts to send him away, fearing the Duke's bodyguard will kill him. They accidentally end up on stage together, confusing the performers and audience, but Zidler saves the show by stating that Christian is the sitar player in disguise. Christian tells The Duke that Satine belongs to The Duke now, throws money at her and tells her she means nothing to him. As Christian starts to leave the theater, Satine sings "Come What May," showing Christian that she loves him. Christian joins her in singing the song and walks onstage, angering The Duke. The Duke's bodyguard attempts to shoot Christian, but the courtesans and Bohemians stop him; the Duke then tries finishing the job himself only to be stopped by Zidler. The lovers finish their song to a standing ovation and the Duke storms out of the Moulin Rouge. As the performers get ready to take a bow, Satine succumbs to her illness, and dies in Christian's arms.
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