Corrected entry: In the green fairy sequence, the Bohos and Christian do the "Yeah Freedom, Beauty, Truth and Love," and then the Green Fairy sings. The Bohos and Christian are in the backround, holding the same pose while she sings. Then, we cut back to them and they are suddenly doing the marching thing.
Corrected entry: In the Elephant, during Spectacular Spectacular, the Duke walks backwards till he falls into a chair. But throughout the entire scene before that there was never a chair in that area, and never a chance for someone to put a chair there. Before that scene we see Christian enter through the back with no chair, we see Toulouse, Satie, the Argentinean, and the Doctor enter with no chair, and several times while they are introducing Spectacular Spectacular to the Duke there is no chair.
Corrected entry: When Satine is getting dressed to go to the elephant with Christian, whom she believes to be The Duke, she is at the mirror and Marie is tying the back of her dress. Whenever there is a close-up of her in the mirror, you can see people moving in the background, but when it's a wider shot, there is no one there.
Corrected entry: In the scene "Like a Virgin", when Zidler and the Duke are on the spinning couch with the dancers around them, both characters are seen on the couch when the Duke sings "makes me strong." However, when the Duke gets up from the couch, Zidler is no longer with him, but in the other room where the Duke and the dancers chase him.
Corrected entry: When every one is in the elephant singing 'Spectacular Spectacular,' Toulouse is wearing a blanket on his head when they say "muscle men, contortionists, intrigue, danger and..." But when they cut to Toulouse saying "and romance" he does not have a blanket on his head. Occurs on the DVD of Moulin Rouge and on the tape.
Corrected entry: When Satine and Christian are discovered by Zidler, she is wearing a dress with a V-neck and the right side of her hair is down. Then you see her walk away and she ends up wearing a high collar and her hair is pulled up while she sings. She wears this same outfit and hairdo a few days later.
Corrected entry: In the Elephant, during the Love Medley, when Ewan tells Nicole that they should be lovers...an arm of the Windmill passes over his shoulder. The shot goes to Nicole and then back to Ewan, with the arm passing over again. According to the rest of the film, the windmill would have had to have been going much faster at that moment.
Corrected entry: "Moulin Rouge" is set in Paris 1899. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec experienced a nervous breakdown in 1899 and was incapacitated. He was in a clinic for three months, tried but failed to regain his health at a sea resort in Normandy, and was finally put under his mother's care for his final days in September of 1901. Therefore, Toulouse-Lautrec would not have even been in Montmartre because he was both physically and mentally ill.
Corrected entry: "Come What May" was the only song for which the words and music were written entirely for the film - the rest of the soundtrack is composed of versions of existing songs.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Christian, Satine, and the dancers are rehearsing "Come What May" Christian's outfit changes several different times. In one shot he is wearing a jacket and in the next shot he is wearing suspenders without a jacket. This changes several times right before he starts to sing with the dancers in that scene.
Corrected entry: After Christian throws his money at Satine's feet in the theater, he walks down the long aisle to the back of the theater, passing the Duke. At the beginning of his walk down the aisle, he takes off his long white coat and throws it on the aisle floor, visible. In the next shot, the coat disappears from the aisle.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Satine dies in Christian's arms, there is a shot where the camera films above them just as Christian bursts into tears. Watch Satine's eyes very closely, because as Christian rocks back Satine's head falls forward and she blinks very slowly, even though she's been dead for at least a couple of minutes.
Corrected entry: When the Argentinean passes out again and Zidler says "Honestly amigo, this is impossible. . ." he should be saying 'ami' or 'copain' instead of 'amigo' since they are in France and not Spain.
Corrected entry: In the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" scene, Satine says, "I believe it's lady's choice." Then she turns around to Christian and points her finger at him. The shot quickly changes to Christian, then to the wider shot of Satine. Here, you can see her hand flatten out and her mouth start to open. Then the shot once again quickly goes to Christian. When the shot goes back to Satine, her hand is once again in a pointing position, and then flattens out, with her mouth opening in a gasp. Apparently, she does this action twice.
Corrected entry: Two days in one. When Satine escapes from the Duke saved by Chocolat and when the "el Tango de Roxanne" is being sung, it is the night before premiere of Spectacular Spectacular. It is most evident from what the Duke said that day about re-writing the ending of the show: "It will be rehearsed in the morning, ready for the opening tomorrow night." But then we see that two days pass until the premiere. The next day is when Harold sings "The show must go on" And Satine tells Christian she is staying with the Duke. I believe the daylight is undeniable. Afterwards there is a night scene with heavy rain, when those two guys throw Christian to the ground and his friends bring him to bed. Then we see Christian pawning his typewriter, apparently during a day and that is the second day. I might accept that a pawn shop would be open at night in 1900, but if it all happened at one and the same night, it would be a very busy night with two radical weather changes and the premiere presentation beginning at least after midnight.
Corrected entry: When Christian and Satine got to the Elephant for the first time (when Satine still thinks he's a Duke), she throws him on the bed, jumps on him and starts opening his shirt and trousers. She even comments he's a "big boy". Yet when he gets up to sing, he's buttoning his flies but his shirt's immaculate.
Corrected entry: In the scene in the Moulin Rouge where Satine and Harold are getting changed under the other Cortezans dresses - if you look you can see both of them are hidden from the audience by the other dancers dresses whilst they change, but its not until the next frame that you actually see the other dancers step up onto the stand and lift their dresses up to cover Harold and Satine - Yet the frame before they were covered by peoples dresses who weren't even standing there.
Corrected entry: In the overall view of Paris you see the entire Sacre-Coeur several times.. This is in about 1900, but according to "Eyewitness Travel Guides: Paris", the church was not finished until 1914, so it is impossible that we can see the entire church in the shot of the city of Paris.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the Duke argues that he doesn't like the end of the play and wants it to be changed you can clearly see in the background a man holding what seems to be a horse or a donkey, however when they cut from a shot of Nicole back to the Duke the horse and the man have disapeared. They cut between these shots for a while and the horse and the man keep appearing and disapearing.
Corrected entry: In the scene when Satine is getting ready for the her and the duke's first meeting she is wearing a red dress. Zidler walks in and Satine asks if she is smoldering enough for the duke. Then in the next scene when Satine enters the elephant she is wearing black lingerie. If she wasn't going to wear the red dress to meet with the duke why did she ask Zidler if it was good enough to wear for the duke? When did she change?