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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 2000s
The sounds of a dark knight, a mischievous Parisian, a troubled family and one flying house

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

 


Moulin Rouge!
Composer: Various Artists
Bollywood. Ballroom. Bowie. For his stab at bringing the operatic musical back, albeit with a decidedly postmodern twist, Baz Luhrmann drew on a variety of forms, but the inspiration was Indian. Researching his version of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Opera in India, Luhrmann caught a Bollywood film and wondered, “Could I create a cinematic form like that? Could a musical work? A musical must be able to work in Western culture again, and could it be comic-tragic? So, then, began this commitment of moving toward Moulin Rouge.” The result spawned a soundtrack bursting with classic tunes covered by the cast, none with more gusto than McGregor and Kidman’s Elephant Love Medley.

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