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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

Wild, wicked, wonderful Paris...all her loves, ladies and lusty legends! See more »


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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,188
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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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Did You Know?

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 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

Henri: I wouldn't hurt you. I want to be good to you. Please let me, Marie. Let me have the joy of giving you things - freely. Don't put a tariff on everything you do.
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Crazy Credits

Colette Marchand gets an "and introducing" credit. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: José Ferrer (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

It's April Again
(Moulin Rouge)
Music by Georges Auric
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by William Engvick
Performed by Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Huston's "Moulin Rouge" was nominated for seven Oscars and walked away with two trophies...
6 April 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

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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