This past weekend we went to Sedona so that I could get out of the house. One of the landmarks in that area is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. “What?” You may ask, “Why would you (heathen) go there?” Simply, I’d never been there or down that road. I like churches, actually. They’re quiet and peaceful. This one had a million people at it and so, not so quiet, but the actual chapel part has large windows so that the attendees can watch the beauty of nature while they are hearing the word of God. It’s worth visiting. Sedona in general is outstandingly beautiful. The chapel sits on a hill, abutted against a sheer red cliff. There are rock spires on either end of the cliff, which can be seen (I think) from Interstate 17. On the road to the chapel is a unique huge house that seems like a combination of a modern mansion and castle with funky colored walls and strange lattice-work windows.
And what does that have to do with Moulin Rouge? Nothing really. We watched that when we got home after our trip to Sedona. I’d never seen it. CWB said “It’s a musical, you may not like it.” I don’t normally like musicals, but I liked this one. I guess it helped that I knew all of the songs. I found the blending of songs, especially the first time the hero goes to the Moulin Rouge, to be ingenious.
In the Story Grid, there are two content genres that might fit the movie. The Performance Genre and the Status Genre. And of course, the love story is the main genre. I am not sure which is a better fit. The hero needs a job, so would go from being poor to being rich and possibly famous, but he wants to be an authentic bohemian artist who strives to produce art for the sake of freedom, truth, beauty, and love. Mostly he wants love. All of those aspects are found in the story. The heroine wants to be famous and accepted as a real actress. The villain wants to possess things that are pretty. Who knew that the young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) could sing? If you haven’t seen it, please watch it and then tell me what Story Grid content genre you think it is.