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Moulin Rouge (1952) Poster

(1952)

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José Ferrer was transformed into the short artist Toulouse-Lautrec by the use of camera angles, makeup, costume, concealed pits and platforms and short body doubles. Ferrer also used a set of special knee pads of his own design which allowed him to walk on his knees with his lower legs strapped to his upper body. He suffered extreme pain and could only use them for short periods of time. The cane he used in most of his scenes was of absolute necessity. This fact was covered in a LIFE magazine story in 1952.
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John Huston only finished the final edit hours before the film's December premiere to qualify it for Academy Award consideration.
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Claude Nollier was only 32 when she played José Ferrer's mother.
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Artist Marcel Vertès, whose hand is seen making "Lautrec" drawings, paid part of his tuition in art school by forging and selling "Lautrec" drawings.
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This film and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001) won the same Academy Awards: Art Direction and Costume Design.
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In a scene towards the end, brooding on his responsibility for destroying the Moulin Rouge, Toulouse-Lautrec says, "They say men kill the thing they love most." This is apparently a reference to "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" (published 1898) by Oscar Wilde, who the historical Henri de Toulouse Lautrec befriended (and drew several times): the exact quotation is "each man kills the thing he loves".
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When John Huston appeared on the BBC's "Desert Island Discs" program in 1973, host Roy Plomley told him that this movie was a personal favorite of his. Huston replied "I don't think it's one of my best films", adding that 1950s censorship constraints had made it impossible to tell the story of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec's life honestly.
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A famous story from the filming of this movie: when Technicolor printed the dailies according to legendary cinematographer Oswald Morris' specifications, the lab management confronted Morris and director John Huston, claiming that the dailies were faulty. Huston and Morris screened them, and Huston allegedly turned to Morris and said, "What do you think, Os?" To which he replied, "Exactly as I wanted it." Huston replied, "Me too." They then turned to the Technicolor management with, "Gentlemen, thank you and f**k you!" After the film was released, it became a personal favorite of Technicolor inventor Herbert Kalmus.
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Zsa Zsa Gabor's singing was dubbed by Muriel Smith.
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Much of the cinematography was intended to resemble the poster art of Toulouse-Lautrec. Some of the costumes and character makeup also paid homage to his poster art.
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Film debut of Colette Marchand.
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Original DOP Otto Heller was replaced by Oswald Morris.
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In the mid 70s, producer Lew Grade tried to get John Huston to direct a "Moulin Rouge " miniseries with Omar Sharif and Jill Ireland.
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Producer Jack Clayton met and and later married actress Katherine Kath while making this film.
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Jane Avril was a dancer, not a singer.
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Colette Marchand was the only Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee that year that was from a Best Picture nominated film.
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Sole feature film appearance of Elwy Yost. He would gain fame years later in his native Canada as host of "Saturday Night at the Movies."
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The first film of Maureen Swanson.
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First film of Sir Christopher Rhodes.
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The first film of Lee Montague.
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Finnish censorship visa # 39052 delivered on 6-9-1953.
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Features Colette Marchand's only Oscar nominated performance.
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