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Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 23 December 1952 (USA)
Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Cast

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec / Count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec - his father
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Lee Montague ...
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Aicha's Partner
Jill Bennett ...
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Storyline

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec frequently visits the Moulin Rouge, where he drinks cognac and draws sketches of the dancers and singers. Though the son of a French count, Henri's legs were badly deformed by a childhood fall, and his personal life is often unhappy as a result. While he is going home one night, a spirited young woman of the streets, Marie, asks him for help. He falls in love with her, and the two become involved in a tumultuous relationship. It becomes increasingly difficult for Toulouse-Lautrec to balance his personal feelings, his artistic abilities, and his family name and position. Written by Snow Leopard

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23 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мулен Руж  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Walking on his knees had the unfortunate side-effect of making José Ferrer six inches shorter than Henri Toulouse Lautrec's real height of 5'1". See more »

Goofs

When Henri Lautrec arrives at the gallery for the showing of his pictures, as he 'walks' in, his shadow on the ground clearly shows Jose Ferrer's legs tucked behind him as he walks (on his knees). See more »

Quotes

Maurice Joyant: Work or dissipate; You *can't* do *both*.
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Crazy Credits

Eliot Elisofon is credited as "special color consultant". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gay Purr-ee (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Can-Can
(reprise) (uncredited)
from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Arranged by Lambert Williamson
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Huston's "Moulin Rouge" was nominated for seven Oscars and walked away with two trophies...

This romanticized treatment of the life of artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec is literally one of the most colorful films ever made…

All the hues and colors in the palette go whizzing by in the Parisian streets, country homes, and cabarets of the late 19th century… Can-Can girls in reds and blues, against a misty brown-gold backdrop, flourish their silks and feathers in the face and soul of dwarfed painter who could recreate their essence on canvas, yet never possess them physically…

It is the tragedy of Lautrec's (Jose Ferrer) life which bounces around the rainbow framework… The cruel prostitute (Colette Marchand) to whom he gave his love and the young woman (Suzanne Flon) who befriended the artist motivate the narrative, from the crippling-fall in the home of his father to the death-fall in the dirty-looking saloon…

Brilliant work by Ferrer, fine support by Marchand and Flon, and the gaiety of Zsa Zsa Gabor cap the film…


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