Moulin Rouge!: Love

Moulin Rouge!: Love
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Satine (Nicole Kidman) tells Christian (Ewan McGregor) she cannot afford to fall in love. Christian believes that love is everything.

Moulin Rouge! uses songs from many different eras to convey its messages about love and give the film a timeless quality. This scene perfectly encapsulates the film's central dramatic conflict and illustrates Luhrmann's unique use of popular music to propel the story. When the two lead characters exchange snippets of lyrics to argue the case for their meaning of 'love', it compels audiences to suspend reality in what is a fantasy love story.

The scene incorporates lines from (or adaptations of) 'Love is Like Oxygen’ (1978) by 70s glam rockers Sweet, 'Love is a Many-Splendored Thing’ (1955), 'Up Where We Belong’ (from An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982), 'All You Need is Love’ (1967) by The Beatles, 'I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ (1979) by Kiss, 'One More Night’ (1985) by Phil Collins, U2’s 'Pride (In the Name of Love)’ (1984) and 'Don’t Leave Me This Way’ (1975). Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman performed their own singing in Moulin Rouge.