Moulin Rouge

Continuity mistake: When Satine is with the Duke on the bed, she tells him to get out. The side shot shows her pushing him out, but the behind shot shows her pushing him out again.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Satine meets the Duke for the first time in the elephant, Christian is hiding behind the table and Satine is trying to distract the Duke. After she does her 'dance', the Duke asks her if she wants some champagne. When she yells, she reaches out with her left hand. When she is shown again, she is reaching out with her right.

Continuity mistake: When Nini says "This ending's stupid, why is she falling for the penniless writer, oops, I mean sitar player?" The very next shot shows the stage, and you can see Nini, and her friends (whom she was sitting with after she spoke with the duke) on the stage singing.

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Revealing mistake: Throughout the movie, if you listen closely to Ewan when he whispers, you can hear that his accent switches from English to Scottish.

Continuity mistake: Satine's hair is messed up after she gets done rolling all over the floor; but when she stands up and walks over to Christian, her hair is perfectly fixed.

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie when the cast is singing the finale song and the Argentinian comes out he walks down the stairs twice.

Visible crew/equipment: When Nini is doing the dance to Roxanne, you can see a very visible cameraman when one of the male dancers lifts her over his head. If played in slow motion, you can see that the spotlight even focuses on the cameraman for a split second.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Duke and Zidler are negotiating their contract, the background decorations change a few times. The DVD commentary mentions that the scene was shot in both Madrid and Sydney and to look for hair changes, but the statue behind the Duke's shoulder is noticably different depending on the shot. One good tip is to watch for the different camera angles showing that the cameras were not in the same place.

Continuity mistake: From the beginning of the Red Room scene, until the end of "The Pitch," Christian's tie changes in a variety of ways he obviously didn't have time or opportunity to fix, considering all that hiding from the Duke. Christian's tie starts out straight, is removed by Satine during the "big boy" tumble, but later shows up again, perfectly tied during the "Your Song" dance on the roof. It disappears again after the dance on the roof ends, but mysteriously shows back up during different scenes in "The Pitch," untied, and flapping around his neck. No times listed, because its a running occurrence, on the DVD, watch closely from scenes 8-12.

Continuity mistake: Zidler starts to sing "The show must go on" and walks between two workmen. One of them pulls a rope to lift himself up. He rises above his mate's head, but in the next shot he is at waist level lifting himself up.

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Deliberate mistake: When Satine and Christian are singing "The Elephant Love Medley" and Satine dismisses Christian singing "I'll drink all the time" and then heads down to the heart window of the Red Room. If you watch the chains attached to the elephant's head just after Satine passes under them and before Christian leaves they move as if being struck by something. The actors actually were on safety wires and Satine's hit the chains when she went in. They later edited out the wires so now the chains look as if they were hit by an invisible object.

Continuity mistake: When Christian asks Satine about the 'will the lovers meet at the citar player's humble abode scene' the Duke's and Christian's heads are very close together in one shot, but about a foot apart in the next.

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Continuity mistake: In the Can-Can dance scene, there is a brief shot of Nini Legs-In-The-Air sitting down and spreading her legs as wide apart as they will go. She is dressed entirely in black. The shot changes immediately to the Can-Can dancers all lined up, with Nini standing in the middle wearing a yellow dress. She continues to wear this outfit for the rest of the scene.

Continuity mistake: When the Duke's being healed of Chocolat's punch, in the close shots there's bits of hair loose to his right eyebrow (left side of the screen). In the long shots it disappears.

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Continuity mistake: After Satine says, "It's lady's choice.", the Argentinian exhales a puff of smoke. A split second later, the angle changes and he is in a totally different position.

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Continuity mistake: During the performance of "Spectacular Spectacular", when Satine first comes up from beneath the stage, her left leg is posed outside her skirt. In the next far shot, her leg is inside the skirt and not visible. It then returns to outside the skirt.

Continuity mistake: When they are singing, "And they call them the diamond dogs." the black guy's hat is on, then off, and changed each time you see him in those few moments.

Continuity mistake: The first time Satine faints, she is given something to sniff and wake up. The amount of sweat on her forehead and eyes changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Satine is rehearsing the end of the show in front of the Duke, Chocolat descends on a rope, but on later shots his position keeps changing from totally up to totally down.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when Christian has come up with the lyrics "the hills are alive," watch the tango singer's hair changing all the time from long and messy to short and brushed.

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Toulouse-Lautrec: The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return.

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Trivia: Baz Luhrmanns films have the on going theme of "L'amour" or forbidden love. Not only in Moulin Rouge, but also in Romeo Juliet and Strictly Ballroom, the red "L'amour" sign can be scene in the background as part of the set. The L'amour sign was a set piece from Baz Luhrmanns first staging of La Boheme and he puts it in every one of his movies.

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Question: Why does Satine decide not to run away with Christian, just because she finds out that she's dying? Why couldn't they have run away anyway, and escaped from the Duke entirely?

Answer: If Satine runs, the Duke takes control of the Moulin Rouge and shuts the place down, putting everyone she works with onto the streets. If she stays with the Duke, she'll still die, but the Duke won't have any real reason to shut things down. She could run away with Christian and have a few days of freedom and love with him, but she'd be condemning everyone at the Moulin Rouge to destitution, plus the Duke would probably have Christian hunted down and killed. By staying for her final few days, she saves everyone that she loves, at the price of her own happiness (and that of Christian, but at least she'll save his life).

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