Best Period Piece Movies of All Time, Ranked by Critics

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Baz Luhrmann directed “Moulin Rouge!”

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 76%

Set in Paris within the late nineteenth century, “Moulin Rouge!” tells the story of an English poet (Ewan McGregor) who falls in love with a cabaret actress named Satine (Nicole Kidman). Their relationship is not simple, as she’s already promised to a Duke.

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Chicago Tribune’s Michael Wilmington referred to as “Moulin Rouge!” a “landmark musical film — controversial, mercurial, even cheeky. It is the type of movie that wildly divides audiences and critics — folks are inclined to both love or hate it. I liked it.”

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