Moulin Rouge
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Character Analysis

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Grew Up… in England.

Living… in the Montmarte district of Paris, in the year 1900. He lives in a dingy apartment, but he’s not there much. He tries to spend as much time as possible at The Moulin Rouge, a famous cabaret, dance hall, and bordello. It’s known as the place where “The rich and powerful came to play with the young and beautiful creatures of the underworld.”  

Profession… aspiring writer. He lives by the poetic ideal of beauty, truth, and love– but this ideal doesn’t translate well into money. He wants to eschew traditional values of monetary gain, and live as a member of the Bohemian movement. To pay the bills, he is helping some performers to write a show that they want to sell to Harold Zidler, who owns the Moulin Rouge.

Interests… singing. Although he lives during the turn of the twentieth century, his songs sound more like those that Elton John wrote in the 1970’s.

Relationship Status… deeply in love. He has fallen hard for Satine, who is a gorgeous courtesan and performer known as the “Sparking Diamond.”  The only problem with their relationship is that she has mistaken the impoverished Christian for a wealthy investor. Christian is not the type to lie, but he will do anything to be with Satine. After all, “Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!”

Challenge… sticking to his romantic ideals in the face of an unforgiving world. How can he believe in beauty, truth, and love, when greed and death lurk just outside of the walls of the Moulin Rouge, and maybe even within them?

Personality… romantic, creative, a gifted writer, and extremely emotional. He has a propensity to fall in love easily, due to his exaggerated romantic ideals. Christian feels everything in an intense way, and he channels these emotions into his writing. He writes about what he experiences, and turns his joy and pain into creative energy. 


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