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Yes, It Can-Can

The delightfully eccentric Moulin Rouge giddily juggles eras

Production number: Love and theatrics go hand-in-hand when Satine (Nicole Kidman) and Christian (Ewan McGregor) take the stage.
Sue Adler
Production number: Love and theatrics go hand-in-hand when Satine (Nicole Kidman) and Christian (Ewan McGregor) take the stage.
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Kidman and McGregor also carry their roles and songs with heightened grace. She offers her audience options ranging from "wilting flower, bright and bubbly or smouldering temptress," before crumbling from all her pretending, while he reminds us how satisfying it is when a man sings a song instead of retching it. Their chemistry is admittedly weird, but the characters' impossible passion feels undeniably real, so much so that when the Duke commands his foot soldier to "kill the boy," it is, metaphorically, the best thing anyone could hope for.

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