Call it the little film that can-can. Though it grossed less than $60 million last summer in the U.S., Moulin RougeBaz Luhrmann's dizzying, pop-infused romance starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor — is on the brink of becoming a cult phenomenon. Not only can it lay claim to a hit soundtrack, the highly-stylized work of art spawned an award-winning MTV video ("Lady Marmalade"), a successful clothing line and — most shocking of all — bred a new generation of movie musical enthusiasts. And the film's recent theatrical re-release — not to mention the arrival of the VHS/DVD versions on Dec. 18 — will no doubt recruit more purveyors of petticoats and panties. But with success comes controversy (that darn Oscar technicality), wild rumors (Satine and Christian: Broadway-bound?) and nagging questions (Where's that second soundtrack?). Luckily, although Luhrmann struck a chord by coloring his pictures, Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet), with vibrant soundtracks and kicky choreography, the Aussie auteur offers no song and dance when asked the tough questions. TVGO: Do you think that, with the renewed focus on escapist fare, a musical like Moulin Rouge might have done better had it been released after 9/11?Luhrmann: The short answer — which I've never given in my life — is it is playing with more potency since that date because the film ultimately is escapist. And it delivers a kind of ratification of primary philosophical issues... [like] truth... freedom and, above all things, the meaning of life [and] love.