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Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 10 April 1953 (Brazil)
Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Pierre La Mure (novel), Anthony Veiller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec / Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Jane Avril
Suzanne Flon ... Myriamme Hayam
Claude Nollier Claude Nollier ... Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Louise Weber aka La Goulue
Muriel Smith ... Aicha / Singing Voice of Jane Avril
Mary Clare ... Madame Loubet
Walter Crisham ... Valentin le Desossé
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Charles Zidler
Georges Lannes ... Sgt. Balthazar Patou
Lee Montague ... Maurice Joyant
Maureen Swanson ... Denise de Frontiac
Tutte Lemkow ... Aicha's Partner
Jill Bennett ... Sarah
Theodore Bikel ... King Milo IV of Serbia
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Storyline

A fictionalized account of the latter part of the life of French artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901) is presented, he who is arguably most renowned professionally for immortalizing the characters of the Paris can-can dance hall, the Moulin Rouge, on canvas. This phase of his story begins in 1890. Born into aristocracy, Toulouse-Lautrec moves to Paris to pursue his art as he hangs out at the Moulin Rouge where he feels like he fits in being a misfit among other misfits. His misfit status is due to his diminutive physical stature, his legs which were broken and stopped growing following a childhood fall down some stairs. Because of the way he looks, he believes he is never destined to experience the true love of a woman. That lack of love in his life may change as he meets two women. The first is prostitute Marie Charlet, who he saves from imprisonment in a white knight act. Their relationship ends up being a turbulent one, the downs where each feels the need to hurt the other ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 April 1953 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

John Huston's Production Moulin Rouge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,810,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,333,894
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Colette Marchand was the only Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar nominee that year that was from a Best Picture nominated movie. See more »

Goofs

When Henri falls down the stairs toward the end of the film, his legs suddenly appear regular sized. See more »

Quotes

Jane Avril: Have you ever had contact with a legal mind, Henri? It's beyond belief. I wasn't the vision of his dreams, I was the party of the first part. He didn't declare his love for me, he merely acknowledged that as a state of affection exists... Oh Henri, why couldn't you be tall and handsome?
Henri: Two more of these and I shall be.
[He drinks]
Jane Avril: You are the only man who has never bored me.
Henri: I am the only man who has never loved you.
Jane Avril: Henri, over there. There is the most beautiful creature. Look at those ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Carlito's Way (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

White Sea Bird
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Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Paul Dehn
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The Real Deal
24 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is one of the most interesting biographies I've ever seen on film.

Until I acquired the DVD, I never fully realized how beautiful this film looked, either. I was stunned to see how spectacular the colors were and how much it helped capture the flavor of the dance hall and the cobblestone streets of France 100 years ago.....and, of course, Tolouse-Lautrec''s great artwork. This movie is a feast for the eyes.

The DVD also offers an opportunity to do something I suggest other fans of this movie try: use the English subtitles. This way, you don't have to strain to understand the French accents, notably Colette Marchand's, and it makes this intriguing story even better.

Story-wise, it's a bit of a soap opera but one I still found fascinating, thanks mainly to Lautrec's dialog. He had some really interesting things to say, mostly in a cynical way. That cynicism, unfortunately, caught up with him in the end. Jose Ferrer captured this tortured soul about as well as any actor could expect to do. I'm sorry he didn't win an Academy Award for this performance.

Younger viewers who only saw the more recent "Moulin Rouge!" missed the real story. That movie was a farce; this is the real thing.


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