Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

DVD - 2004
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"As a dwarf, Toulouse-Lautrec believes he's too ugly to ever fall in love. So he loses himself in painting ... and cognac. A fixture at Paris' infamous turn-of-the-century Moulin Rouge nightclub, Lautrec meets a girl from the street ... who breaks his heart"--Container.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, [2004]
Edition: Full frame version
ISBN: 9780792860761
0792860764
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
May 28, 2015

For this highly fictionalized biopic director John Huston draws upon Lautrec’s own vibrant palette (garnering Oscar nods for Art Direction and Costume Design in the process) to show us an artistic genius whose disastrous attempts at love—most notably a self-destructive affair with a manipulative streetwalker—provided both creative inspiration for his canvases and a cynical despair in his personal relationships including an unhealthy affinity for cognac. Inspired by Lautrec’s vision, Huston paints the screen with wild colours whether it be a rousing can-can or a montage of the artist’s work then abruptly shifts gears as we see a lonely Henri hobbling along a darkened street or standing in awe before a classical female sculpture. In the lead role José Ferrer, appearing every inch the artist thanks to hidden leg straps and clever camera tricks, portrays a fiercely private man who learned long ago that women “don’t marry cripples” yet whose defences are easily shaken by a kind word or sympathetic gesture from the opposite sex. Rounding out the cast are Colette Marchand as Lautrec’s romantic nemesis (a convincingly manic performance), a mature Suzanne Flon as the woman who may have loved him, and Zsa Zsa Gabor as a grasping opportunistic femme fatale (hello typecasting). Woefully inaccurate as these films tend to be Moulin Rouge is still an entertaining piece of semi-fiction whose rich evocation of a bygone era is brought to radiant life, if only for a few hours.

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garycornell
Feb 26, 2015

How did director John Huston make Jose Ferrer into a drawf? I forgot almost immediately that this was some sort of trick animation and found myself absorbed in the 1890's Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Paris. The dance scenes are some of the best ever put on film. Zsa Zsa Gabor puts in a great performance as the star of the Moulin Rouge. Jose Ferrer as Toulouse Lautrec is simply amazing. We see his artwork as he did it in the nightclub. I found myself fascinated with this artists real life story. My highest compliment goes to the director John Huston who recreated Paris of the 1890's. The costumes are more beautiful than any words could express. Please see this movie. It is a magnificent work of art!

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