1952, John Huston, USA, 119 min.
With José Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Zsa Zsa Gabor
- Fri, Nov 8th 2:00pm
- Sun, Nov 10th 3:15pm
- Wed, Nov 13th 6:00pm
"Just looking at MOULIN ROUGE is reason enough to make special plans to see it. Oswald Morris' cinematography is overpowering."—Glenn Erickson, DVD Talk
Huston's biopic of Henri Toulose-Lautrec shares the setting but not the story of Baz Luhrmann's 2001 namesake musical. After a sensational opening can-can number, the film leaves the eponymous cabaret in order to concentrate on the stunted artist's unhappy life and loves, primarily his stormy relationship with the fickle prostitute Marie Charlet (vividly acted by Oscar-nominated newcomer Colette Marchand). The film's major virtues are its look and its ending. Huston and d.p. Oswald Morris flouted Technicolor guidelines in order to create a rich, soft-toned palette comparable to the artist's (Huston said he wanted the film to look "as if Toulouse-Lautrec had directed it"), augmented by Oscar-winning Art Direction and Costume Design. The unforgettable death-bed ending, simultaneously bitter and touching, was conceived by Huston while he was reading the biographical novel on which the film is based. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)