Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge (2001)

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Corrected entry: When Satine is lying on the ground in Christian's arms, her left eyebrow is the normal colour and length, but in a couple of shots later, it has been darkened and lengthened by brown-liner.

Correction: I am watching this now and her eyebrow seems the same the entire time.


Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, when Satine dies in Christian's arms, she dies with her eyes slightly open, but after about 2 seconds, you can see her eyes close quickly.

Correction: Her eyes stay open the entire time. Even on the last shot of Satine, her eyes are open.


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.


Correction: By the time they cut back to them they started dancing. I don't see how this is a mistake. And even if it is this site allows for a little suspension of disbelief, after all, they are seeing a green fairy and drunk on absinthe.


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.

Correction: There is plenty of time when the song starts and when they show the group start singing that someone could of come up the side and put a chair behind the Duke, especially with so many people in the room.


Corrected entry: Satine is at the mirror when Zidler walks in. She turns around and asks "How do I look?" At this point she has her right hand behind her head. The next shot is on Zidler replying, then back to Satine. In this shot her left hand is behind her head, not her right.

Correction: There is plenty of time to change arms while the camera is on Zidler, she is changing arms to pose and show him the dress.


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.

Correction: People are moving around backstage. Sometimes they are behind her, sometimes not.


Corrected entry: In Satine's 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' number, she begins wearing the silver outfit with BLACK fishnet tights. We see her 'change' her outfit (the white outfit with feathers), but she doesn't change her tights. Satine, however, finishes the song in light-coloured fishnets.

Correction: They only show Satine from the top up when she is changing and there are lots of shots from the outside of the dancers covering her while she changed, she could of easily changed her fishnets during that time.


Corrected entry: When Satine is singing 'Diamonds' when they're on peoples' shoulders and the guy gives her a bracelet, you can see a camera-man and you know it's a camera man because he's not wearing the shirt and tux ensemble.

Correction: I watched this scene three times, even on pause and slow motion, I do not see anyone who is an obvious camera man.


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.

Correction: Actually the Duke sings two lines to the song with the camera in close on his face, Zidler could of gotten up during this time.


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.

Correction: You can see it is the curtain on his head, not a blanket. It has fallen off by the time they cut back to him, you can tell because it is swinging in the background.


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.


Correction: This scene is confusing if you aren't watching carefully. When Satine stops singing and you see her coughing and in another outfit, it is a different scene. You can tell because Christian is typing and narrating "How could I know in those last fatal days." meant to show that Satine is dying.


Corrected entry: In the elephant love medley Satine's hair is parted on the right side for most of the scene but at the end when they kiss inside the elephant it's parted on the left instead.

Correction: I am watching this now and her hair has been parted the same the entire song.


Corrected entry: In the Elephant, during the Love Medley, when Ewan tells Nicole that they should be 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.

Correction: As the arm passes over his shoulder, you can see another arm on the bottom getting ready to go up the side of Ewan, there is plenty of time for that arm to reach his shoulder.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Satine and Christian have been kissing right before Zidler discovers them, Christian's face is covered with lipstick kisses. Moments later, it is not.

Correction: They show Christian without lipstick, then a long shot of Zidler, Satine could of been kissing him during that shot. When Christian leaves he has lipstick on his face the entire time.


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.

Correction: It's not supposed to be historically accurate, nothing within the movie fits into Lautrec's timeline. He's a fictionalized account of a real person.


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.

Correction: "Come What May" wasn't written for Moulin Rouge, it was written for Romeo + Juliet, but not used. (This is why "Come What May" wasn't eligible for the Oscar for Best Original Song).

Nick N.

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.

Correction: It's not one rehearsal - it's a montage showing several rehearsals.


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.

Correction: We never actually see the coat fall. Last we see it, it's hanging from Christian's arm. It's possible that he threw it, dropped it on an audience member, or somesuch that would have made it "disappear" 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.

Correction: She doesn't blink - her long eyelashes reflect the lights from above, and when she's jostled due to Christian's movements, it's the reflection that winks in and out, not her eyelid.


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.


Correction: People from Argentina speak Spanish as their first language. Apparently Zidler knows a little Spanish as well as French. I have traveled to many countries and I do not always speak the native language just because I am there.

Mark English

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.

Correction: This was not a mistake, the whole scene is supposed to be about her astonishment when she sees him. Its love at first sight, its slow and dramatic and the filmaker was trying to create the effect of a "double take".

Corrected entry: During the scene when Satine believed that Christian was the Duke, how was Toulouse-Lautrec's hat staying on his head when he was hanging from a rope upside-down?

Correction: A hat can stay on someone's head for a while when they're upsidedown. After a while it would start to slip, and his hat did that's why in some parts he was holding onto his hat.

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.

Correction: No, it's one day. The first night "El Tango de Roxanne" is sung, Satine packs and learns she is dying. The next morning, "The Show Must Go on" is sung and Satine tells Ewan it's over. It rains (the sky gets dark), heavily but briefly. In the afternoon, he goes to the Moulin Rouge, gets beaten up, then goes back to his apartment and sells his typewriter. That (second) night, he goes to the show and the ending starts. It's easy to understand if you see that the ground is wet the whole time.

Corrected entry: After the Argentinian has fallen through Christian's ceiling, he just hangs there swaying slightly. When Audrey asks through the hole if he is OK, you can still see him hanging. But in the next shot, you can see him lying on the floor even though nobody even touched him.

Correction: When the Argentinian fell there was a thud when what is holding him up breaks and he hits the ground.

Corrected entry: Right when Satine's swing starts circling while she's singing "Diamond's Are a Girl's Best Friend" you can see the rope attached to the swing at the bottom that is making the swing move.

Correction: There was no attempt to hide the rope as it would have been needed in the real Moulin Rouge to make the swing move, not just in the film - it's necessary for the act.

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Corrected entry: Right after Satine faints and Harry Zidler tells everyone at the Moulin to Hunkadoola away, Chocolat (the male dancer) is shown dancing in one scene with a hat and in the next without it and in the next with it again, and so on.

Correction: You can see that when Chocolate hasn't got his hat on its in his hand and you can see him take it off and put it on.

Corrected entry: During the movie Satine has long eyebrows. In the scene were she finds out she's going to die, she runs to Christian and suddenly her eyebrows are short.

Correction: Her eyebrow is filled in with eyebrow pencil for most of the movie, and seeing as she was 1. a courtesan and 2. a star in a musical it makes sense that she would have her makeup on almost all the time. In instances where her eyebrow is short, she could have just forgone the makeup that day.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Duke is watching the rehersal of the play and says he doesn't like it: when Satine is in the shot, a foot appears at the top of the screen for about a second.

Correction: If you look at the shot directly before hand, you see several actors from the play being lowered from the cealing.

Corrected entry: When Satine is coming down on the trapeze you can tell she is wearing a long dress, but then it cuts to Christian and back and she is in the normal costume she wore for that scene.

Correction: It is only the back of her costume that is long, as if to mimic "tails" on a man's tailcoat. It is the same outfit for the entire scene, until she changes clothes.

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.

Correction: Actually, his shirt remains wide bow tie, and unbuttoned most of the way for the remainder of the scene and the entire evening.

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.

Correction: The first row of dancers are hiding Zidler and Satine. The group you are referring to hops up behind the first row for artistic effect, but the row of dancers hiding them is obviously in place before they change.

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.

Correction: Although it looks like the abbey Sacré-Coeur abbey is completely finished on the overall view, there are some shots where you get a closer look upon the abbey, like when Christian walks up from the Gare du Nord train station, or when the camera strafes around the builings. Even on the first CGshot of Paris, you can spot scaffoldings around the dome of the Sacré Coeur. You'll spot them almost every time you see the the abbey.

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.

Correction: The angles are a bit too close to call - there's no blatant disappearance - the wide shots from above the Duke don't show quite enough of the left of the screen to see the man and donkey.

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?

Correction: Christian, who she at this stage believes to be the Duke, is already in the elephant at this point. Satine is clearly shown removing the red dress behind a screen so she did wear it to greet the man that she thought was the Duke before slipping into something more comfortable.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film, Ewan Christian sells his typewriter to a pawnbroker. However, at the end of the film he types on that very same typewriter which he had previously sold.

Correction: It was a pawnbroker, after all - who's to say that soon after Satine died he didn't get a job or cash some other way and buy it back?

Corrected entry: When Chocolat punches the duke, you see the duke with a bloody lip on the right side. In the next scene the duke's servant is treating his forehead on the left side.

Correction: He was very likely to have hit his head on the wall or a piece of furniture as he fell, and was being treated for that. In addition, in the scene where his head is being cleaned up, you can see blood in the right corner of his mouth from Chocolat's original punch.

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After Harry Zidler first sees Christian and Satine kissing, when they stop kissing, Satine's lipstick switches from being smeared to perfectly done and bright red when she walks and when Zidler is talking to her about having to end the infatuation.



At the beginning, right after Christian sings the 'hills are alive' line, the unconscious Argentinian says something about him having lots of talent, and 'happens' to put his hand on his crotch. Then later in the movie, when Satine is unbuttoning his pants when they are in the elephant for the first time, she calls him a 'big boy' and Toulouse says he has HUGE talent.