Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

2. “El Tango de Roxanne” – Moulin Rouge (2001)

What separates one from two boils down to camera placement. I absolutely adore Moulin Rouge and its interpretation of “Roxanne.” The tango flavor deftly combining with Jacek Koman’s and Caroline O’Connor’s tale of a prostitute and the man driven mad by jealous include Baz Luhrmann giving us some fantastic aerial shots of the group of tango dancers and the final frames of the prostitute character’s “demise” is intense while still adhering to dance conventions. I just wish Luhrmann wasn’t so spastic with the camera! The cuts are so quick you only catch glimpses of the technical proficiency of the dancers. There’s no time to take in the steps when the camera has ADD.