Moulin Rouge!

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Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 film set in turn of the century Paris in the bohemian yet derelict district of Montmartre. Centered on the bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom, and love, Moulin Rouge! follows the story of two lovers, Christian and Satine, who above all, believe in preserving their secret love in the midst of an environment hostile to such an affair.

Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Written by Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann.
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  • The Moulin Rouge. A night club, a dance hall, and a bordello. Ruled over by Harold Zidler. A kingdom of night time pleasures, where the rich and powerful came to play with the young and beautiful creatures of the underworld. The most beautiful of all these was the woman I loved. Satine. A courtesan, she sold her love to men. They called her the 'Sparkling Diamond', and she was the star of the Moulin Rouge. The woman I loved is…dead.
  • This woman is yours now. I've paid my whore. I owe you nothing. And you are nothing to me. (crying slightly) Thank you for c-curing me of my r-ridiculous obsession with love!
  • Can't fall in love? But a life without love, that-that-that's terrible!
  • Above all things I believe in love. Love is like oxygen- love is a many splendored thing- love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love!
  • Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months. And then, one not-so-very special day, I went to my typewriter, I sat down, and I wrote our story. A story about a time, a story about a place, a story about the people. But above all things, a story about love. A love that will live forever.
  • I had come to write about truth, beauty, freedom, and that which I believed in above all things: love. There was only one problem. I'd never been in love!
  • Luckily, right at that moment an unconscious Argentinean fell through my roof.
  • [singing] Come what may... come what may. I will love you, until my dying day!
  • It's a little bit funny this feeling inside, I'm not one of those who can easily hide.
  • The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.


  • Please tell me you're not one of Toulouse's oh-so-talented, charmingly bohemian, tragically impoverished protégés!
  • I don't need you anymore! All my life you made believe I was only worth what someone would pay for me! But Christian loves me! He loves me, Harold. He loves me and that is worth everything! We're going away from you, away from the Duke, away from the Moulin Rouge! Good-bye Harold.
  • Tell our story, Christian. Promise me. Yes. That way I'll... I'll always be with you.
  • (Before kissing Christian) You're going to be bad for business, I can tell.
  • The difference between you and I is that you can leave anytime you choose. But this is my home. The Moulin Rouge is my home.
  • Christian, I'm a courtesan. I'm paid to make men believe what they want to believe.
  • I couldn't. I saw you there and I felt differently and the Duke he saw... Christian I love you. I don't want to pretend anymore. I didn't want to lie and he knows, he knows.
  • Duke! Don’t you toy with my emotions! (fake sobs)You must know the effect you have on women.
  • [singing] If I should die... this very moment.. I wouldn't feel. I've never known completeness like being here, wrapped in the warmth of you, loving every breath of you...

Harold Zidler

  • Everything's going so well!
  • The Duke holds the deeds to the Moulin Rouge. He's spending a fortune on you. He's giving you a beautiful new dressing room. He wants to make you a star, and you are dallying with the writer!
  • The show must go on.
  • She says it feels so good when you hold her, and touch her; it makes her feel like a ... virgin.
  • We're creatures of the underworld. We can't afford to love.
  • Hurt him. Hurt him to save him.
  • A magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous, gargantuan bedazzlement, a sensual ravishment. It will be: Spectacular Spectacular.
  • My little sparrow is dying.

The Duke

  • Why would the courtesan choose the penniless sitar player over the maharajah, who is offering a lifetime of security? That's real love. Once the sitar player has satisfied his lust, he will leave the courtesan with nothing.
  • I forgot my hat. (seeing Satine passed out with Christian on the bed) Foul play?!
  • You expect me to believe that scantily clad, in the arms of another man, in the middle of the night, inside an elephant you were rehearsing?
  • I don't care about your ridiculous dogma!
  • It's not that I'm a jealous man, I just don't like other people touching my things!
  • She is mine.
  • And in the end should someone die?
  • Generally I like it.
  • You made me believe that you loved me.
  • It's the boy, he has bewitched with her the words. Tell her that the show will end my way and when the curtain falls she will come to me or I'll have the boy killed.
  • Look, my dear! A little frog!
  • Let Zidler keep his fairy tale ending.
  • It's a little bit funny—this feelin' inside.
  • I don't like this ending.


  • How do you do? My name is Henri Marie Raymond Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa.
  • The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
  • Christian, you may see me only as a drunken, vice-ridden gnome whose friends are just pimps and girls from the brothels. But I know what love is, only because I long for it with every fiber of my being. She loves you, I know it, I know she loves you.
  • Killed. Killed? Killed! I must warn him!
  • Clean yourself off you bourgeois pig! (snorts)
  • He's got a huge talent! (looking at Satine and Christian through the window)

The Narcoleptic Argentinean

  • The hills are alive with the sound of music! I love it!
  • Aw! The boy has talent (Touches Christian's crotch). Nothing funny (Takes hand off, and laughs nervously), I just like talent.
  • Never fall in love with a woman who sells herself. It always ends BAD!
  • We have a dance in the brothels of Buenos Aires. It tells the story of a prostitute and a man who falls in love with her. First, there is desire. Then passion...! Then, suspicion. Jealousy! Anger! Betrayal! When love is for the highest bidder, there can be no trust. Without trust, there is no love. Jealousy! Yes, jealousy...will drive you, mad!!!
  • All right! No problems! Go back to work!
  • The hills are incarnate with symphonic melodies! (falls back asleep)
  • I love sex.


The Bohemians: Stand your ground for freedom, beauty, truth & love.
Nini: This endings silly. Why the courtisan would fall for the penniless writer- [spitefully] Oops! I meant sitar player!


Satine: What's his type? Wilting flower? [sighs] Bright and bubbly? [giggles] Or smoldering temptress? [growls]
Zidler: I'd say, smoldering temptress.

'[As Satine is being carried to her dressing room, having passed out.']

Nini: Looks like the Duke won't be getting his money's worth tonight.

Dancer: Don't be unkind, Nini! '[They both giggle]'

The Duke: Confessing?! What kind of imbecile do you take me for, Zidler?!
Zidler: She suddenly had a terrible desire…to go to a priest and…confess her sins.


Satine: Oh Harold, no one could play him like you could!

Zidler: No one's going to.


In the order sung in the movie

NATURE BOY (Repeated throughout the film)

Toulouse-Lautrec: There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far
Over land and sea
A little shy
And sad of eye
But very wise, was he
And then one day
One magic day he, passed my way
and while we spoke of many things, fools and kings, this he said to me . . .
The greatest thing, you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved . . . in return

Sparkling Diamonds

Satine: The French are glad to die for love.
The delight in fighting duels
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive . . .
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
A kiss may be grand but it won't pay the rental on your humble flat
Or help you feed your (purrs) pussycat
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear shaped these rocks don't lose their shape
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
'Cause we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl (Blows kiss)
Come and get me boys (Whoops)
Black star, roscore
Talk to me Harry Zildler, tell me all about it!
There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer
But diamonds are a girl's best friend
There may come a time when a hard-boiled employer think you're-
Zidler: Awfully nice.
Satine: Ah! But get that ice or else no dice
Girls of the Moulin Rouge: He's your guy when, stocks are high
But beware when they start to decend
Diamonds are a girl’s best,
Diamonds are a girl’s best,
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Nini: Ole!


Satine: 'Cause that's what those louses go back to their spouses
Diamonds . . .
Are a . . .
Girl's . . .
Best . . .


Satine: I follow the night
Can't stand the light
When will I begin
To live again
One day I'll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
What more could your love do for me
When will love be through with me
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends
Christian: How wonderful life is, now you're in the world
Satine: One day I'll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day
When dreaming ends
One day I'll fly away...


Christian (spoken): Love is like oxygen.
Satine (spoken): What?
Christian (spoken): Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love.
Satine (spoken): Please don't start that again.
Christian: All you need is love.
Satine (spoken): A girl has got to eat –
Christian: All you need is love.
Satine (spoken): She'll end up on the street!
Christian: All you need is love.
Satine (spoken): Love is just a game.
Music begins
Christian: I was made for loving you, baby, you were made for loving me.
Satine: The only way of loving me, baby, is to pay a lovely fee.
Christian: Just one night, give me just one night.
Satine: There's no way, 'cause you can't pay.
Christian: In the name of love, one night in the name of love.
Satine: You crazy fool, I won't give in to you.
Christian: Don't…leave me this way. I can't survive, without your sweet love, oh baby…don't leave me this way.
Satine: You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.
Christian: I look around me and I see, it isn't so. Oh, no.
Satine: Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs.
Christian: Well, what's wrong with that? ... I'd like to know ... 'cause here I go again! ...Love lifts us up where we belong-
Satine (spoken): Get down! Get down!
Christian: Where eagles fly, on a mountain high!
Satine: Love makes us act like we are fools. Throw our lives away, for one happy day.
Christian: We could be heroes ... Just for one day.
Satine: You, you will be mean.
Christian: No, I won't!
Satine: And I... I'll drink all the time.
Christian: We should be lovers.
Satine: We can't do that.
Christian: We should be lovers, and that's a fact.
Satine: Though nothing will keep us together
Christian: We could steal time-
Christian and Satine: Just for one day ... We could be heroes, forever and ever! ... We could be heroes, forever and ever! ... We can be heroes!
Christian: Just because I ... will always love you.
Satine: I
Christian and Satine: Can't help loving –
Christian: You.
Satine: How wonderful life is now
Christian and Satine: You're in the world.
Satine (spoken): You're going to be bad for business, I can tell.
Christian and Satine kiss
Operatic outro (The singing moon)


Christian: Never knew I could feel like this
Like I've never seen the sky before
Want to vanish inside your kiss
Every day I'm loving you more than this
Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing,
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change, winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time
Come what may
Come what may
I will love you until my dying day
Satine: Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Christian and Satine: Suddenly my life doesn't seem such a waste
Satine: It all revolves around you
Christian and Satine: And there's no mountain too high
No river too wide
Sing out this song and I'll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather
And stars may collide
Christian: But I love you,
Satine: I love you
Christian: Until the end of time
Satine: Until the end of time
Christian and Satine: Come what may, come what may
I will love you until my dying day
Oh, come what may, come what may
I will love you
Satine: Oh, I will love you
Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Christian and Satine: Come what may, come what may
I will love you, until my dying day!


Argentinean: Jealousy will drive you mad
You don't have to put on the red light
Walk the streets for money
You don't care if it's wrong or if it is right
You don't have to wear that dress tonight
You don't have to sell your body to the night
Christian: His eyes upon your face
His hand upon your hand
His lips caress your skin
It's more than I can stand
Argentinean: Roxanne
Christian: Why does my heart cry?
Argentinean: Roxanne
Christian: Feelings I can't fight
You're free to leave me but
Just don't deceive me
And please believe me
When I say, I love you
Argentinean: Y yo que te quiero tanto que voy hacer?
Me dejaste, me dejaste...
En lagrimas se me fue
Se me fue el corazón
Ya no tengo ganas de vivir
Porque no te puedo convencer
Que no te vendas Roxanne
(English Translation:
And I who wants you so much, what am I going to do?
You left me, you left me...
My soul has left me; my heart has left me
I have no longer a desire to live
Because I cannot convince you
Not to sell yourself Roxanne
Argentinean: Roxanne
Christian: Why does my heart cry?
Argentinean: Roxanne
Christian: Feelings I can't fight
Argentinean: Roxanne
You don't have to put on that red light
You don't have to wear that dress tonight

His eyes upon her face
His hand upon her hand
His lips caress her skin
It's more than I can stand



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