An Australian in Paris: techno-choreographic bohemianism in 'Moulin Rouge!'

Parfitt-Brown, C. (2014) An Australian in Paris: techno-choreographic bohemianism in 'Moulin Rouge!'. In: The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199897827

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Reviewers of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001) often claimed to be bombarded, overloaded or pathologically infected by the film’s rapid-fire imagery and eclectic cultural references. This chapter explores these visceral experiences of spectatorship, focusing on the film’s dance sequences. It argues that in these sequences, choreography and digital technology (including computer generated imagery and editing) combine to allow spectators to physically experience on-screen bodies that are historically and culturally complex, distant and ‘other’. Alison Landsberg’s notion of ‘prosthetic memory’ (2004) suggests that films can physically connect spectators with pasts and memories they have not directly experienced. This chapter argues that Moulin Rouge! achieves this physical connection by tapping into, and updating, a bohemian tradition of cross-cultural and transhistorical self-performance.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Uncontrolled Keywords: Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann, Spectatorship, Dance, Film, Choreography, Digital technology, Prosthetic memory,Physical, Bohemian
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance > GV1782.5 Choreography
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama > PN1993 Motion pictures
Divisions: Academic Areas > Department of Dance
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Depositing User: Debbie Bogard
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 10:55
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 08:22

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