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Moulin Rouge (1952)




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This film tells the story of 19th-century French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The film records his frustration over his physical handicap (the growth in his legs was stunted by a childhood accident), his efforts to "lose" himself in Paris' bawdy Montmartre district, and his career as a painter.

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José Ferrer
as Toulouse-Lautrec
Colette Marchand
as Marie Charlet
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Jane Avril
Suzanne Flon
as Myriamme Hayam
Katherine Kath
as La Goulue
Claude Nollier
as Countess de Toulouse-Lautrec
Walter Crisham
as Valentin Dessosse
Mary Clare
as Mme. Loubet
Lee Montague
as Maurice Joyant
Jim Gerald
as Pere Cotelle
Rupert John
as Chocolat
Tutte Lemkow
as Aicha's Partner
Eric Pohlmann
as Proprietor of 1st Bar
Jean Landlier
as Anquetin
Jean Claudio
as Drunken Reveller
Suzi Euzaine
as Lorette
Guy Motschen
as Delivery Boy
M. Tabourno
as Maitre d'Hotel, Pre Catalan
M. Ledebur
as Maitre d'Hotel, Maxim's
George Pastell
as Man at 1st Bar
M. Valerbe
as Sommelier
Peter Cushing
as Marcel de la Voisier
Terence O'Regan
as (uncredited)
Arissa Cooper
as (uncredited)
Jacques Cey
as (uncredited)
Charles Carson
as Mr. Paquin
Walter Cross
as Barbare
Rene Poirier
as (uncredited)
Margaret Maxwell
as (uncredited)
Hilary Allen
as Cancan Dancer
Maria Samina
as Cancan Dancer
Sara Luzita
as Cancan Dancer
Sheila Nelson
as Cancan Dancer
Aleta Morrison
as Cancan Dancer
Hugh Dempster
as (uncredited)
Charles T. Perry
as (uncredited)
Tim Turner
as (uncredited)
Michael Seavers
as (uncredited)
Bernard Rebel
as (uncredited)
Christopher Rhodes
as (uncredited)
Rene Laplat
as (uncredited)
Maria Britneva
as (uncredited)
Charles Reynolds
as (uncredited)
Ina De La Haye
as (uncredited)
Richard Molinas
as (uncredited)
Isabel George
as (uncredited
Donovan Winter
as (uncredited)
Madge Brindley
as (uncredited)
Peter Haddon
as (uncredited)
Everley Gregg
as (uncredited)
Raymond Rollett
as (uncredited)
David Garth
as (uncredited)
Anthony Gray
as (uncredited)
Diane Cilento
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Moulin Rouge

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Moulin Rouge stands out as a truly artistic production flawlessly directed by John Huston and presenting superb performances by Ferrer, Colette Marchand and Suzanne Flon, and Technicolor photography of a beauty rarely achieved on the screen.

December 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The wonder of Moulin Rouge is in the color which shows the Bohemian life of Paris in the gaslit era with all of its gaudiness, lustiness. The cafe Moulin Rouge comes alive before your eyes with startling clarity.

December 15, 2021 | Full Review…

Huston has crowded such an attractive world around the subject of this biography -- such surging impressions of Parisian activities -- that you never get a good line on the artist himself.

November 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The film is so visually stimulating, it is impossible to look away.

January 7, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Atmospheric drama with superior performance by Ferrer in lead. Great period set design, costumes.

April 30, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

only lightly touches Montmartre's edgier lifestyle, but credibly renders a serviceable biopic of its prototypical artist.

August 28, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moulin Rouge


Technicolor is a wonderful way to highlight Toulouse-Lautrec's work which the film does well and Zsa Zsa is fun in what is probably her best role. However Huston's pacing is slow and Ferrer gives a self important, dull performance.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I'll admit I like the new Moulin Rouge movie better than this one. This movie is sort of a historical drama, but I'm not sure how true it is to history, it's a strange movie with strange characters. I didn't really care for it, but it's not that bad either.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


A wonderful companion piece to the more recent version and completely opposite in terms of tone. Ferrer is fantastic as Lautrec and the effects used to give the impression of him being short are faultless over 50 years on. The art direction and costume design were both worthy of their Oscar wins. The plot and pacing however are often uneven and repetitive as Lautrec meets new women who essentially treat him the same way. The first relationship became annoying with how every scene was simply arguing. For the most part though it is a haunting anti-romance with enough discussion points for any artist.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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