With Christina Aguilera's decidedly un-burlesque turn in 'Burlesque' -- which prompted real-life burlesque queen Tempest Storm to say: "Burlesque is sensuous moves, expression, showing your personality with your eyes and your smile. There was no connection with the audience whatsoever in this movie" -- I started thinking back to her more thematically appropriate movie work. Though she wasn't in the actual film, Aguilera helped reinvigorate "Lady Marmalade" for Baz Luhrmann's frenetic production 'Moulin Rouge.'

But the real musical gem of 'Moulin Rouge' is not in the obvious musical dalliances. "Lady Marmalade, "The Sound of Music," "The Show Must Go On" or "Material Girl" are all obvious, mainstream songs that fit into the story and the grandness of the production. But at one point, the melancholy and consumption-ravaged Satine (Nicole Kidman) barely whispers out the beginnings of a song: "If I should die this very moment, I wouldn't fear. For I've never known completeness like being here. Wrapped in the warmth of you, loving every [gasping] breath of you."
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