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Moulin Rouge (1952)

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Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec / Count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec - his father
Suzanne Flon ...
Claude Nollier ...
Katherine Kath ...
Muriel Smith ...
Mary Clare ...
Walter Crisham ...
Harold Kasket ...
Georges Lannes ...
Lee Montague ...
Maureen Swanson ...
Tutte Lemkow ...
Aicha's Partner
Jill Bennett ...


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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Release Date:

23 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мулен Руж  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first film of Maureen Swanson. See more »


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


The Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec: You should be horsewhipped for smearing the name of Toulouse-Lautrec over every kiosk in Paris. That revolting poster is a disgrace.
Henri: I am sorry you do not like my work, Father. But I shall continue to sign it as I please, for it is my name and it is my work.
The Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec: Work? A pretext to hang about cheap dance halls and drink all night. You call that pornographic trash work?
Henri: Yes, I call it work. On this I am more of an authority than you, Father. You've never worked. Our kind never did. We are the grand ...
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Referenced in Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »


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Music by Lambert Williamson
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John Huston's Greatest
10 April 1999 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

This haunting and most beautiful of films is certainly John Huston's most underrated work. Having seen the film many years ago, I was astonished at how well the film has stood the test of time. The opening 20 minute Can-Can sequence is wonderfully vibrant and colourful and brilliantly captures the atmosphere, thus setting the tone for the great drama to follow. This story of the dwarfish artist Toulouse Lautrec is based on a novel by Pierre La Mure and set in 19th Century Montmartre. Jose Ferrer performs one of the greatest roles in cinema so convincingly and poignantly I was completely enthralled by this most moving of biopics. Colette Marchand as the prostitute is outstanding and Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing impress in small roles. Cinematography by Oswald Morris is some of the finest ever and brilliantly captures the atmosphere and the music by Georges Auric will have you whistling for weeks. This masterpiece should be reissued on the Big Screen and I would urge everyone who loves classic cinema to see it. Score: 10/10

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