Moulin Rouge is one film that caught my attention. A vision of Baz Luhrmann, the movie was a bold, theatrical and a lavish piece of work which saw as much praise as it did negativity. Personally, I enjoyed the elaborate costumes and entertaining performances hence why I had to see the inspiration behind its creation.
As we pulled up in front of the Moulin Rouge, we noticed the famous windmill was smaller than we had expected although the combination of bright lights and keen guests held up our excitement. As we proceeded through the line, we had to cloak any cameras as photography and video recording are prohibited. Our expectations lowered a little once inside the compact seating space. We had not booked the dinner and thus were seated towards the side at a shared table with limited room.
The show, Féerie, started shortly after being served our bottle of chilled Champagne. Knowing a thing or two about dance, I can say that the dancing was not all that fantastic. However, it did not detract from the risqué cabaret-style show. We were entertained the whole evening with an array of magnificent costumes, impressive acrobatics and magic tricks. There was also the odd comedy show here and there involving guest participation which was great for laughs. Overall, our experience can be summed up in one word – entertaining. If possible keep an open mind and I’m sure you’ll appreciate the experience.
There is also a great selection of memorabilia available at the gift shop, I bought the Moulin Rouge Féerie poster by René Gruaufrom.
82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France (Montmartre)