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Moulin Rouge

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Moulin Rouge (Movie - 1952)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
119 minutes
performer:
José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor
director:
John Huston
distributor:
MGM
author:
John Huston
genre:
Drama, Biography

We gave it a B+

Though they’re ubiquitous in rental stores, VHS copies of the new-to-tape biopic Surviving Picasso, starring Anthony Hopkins, aren’t exactly flying off the new-release shelves. Why would they? The movie portrays a towering creative talent as a nasty old man and hardly brings his work alive. If you’re up for a more artful film about a great painter, we suggest you white out Picasso and brush up on one of these tortured-artist flicks. Just don’t expect photorealism.

Moulin Rouge (1952)
Portrait of: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer) circa 1880. Missing from this picture: The Parisian brothels the shy, stunted painter frequented and used as inspiration. Neatest visual motifs: Re-creating many of Toulouse-Lautrec’s colorful posters, director John Huston packs scenes with cafe eccentrics and can-can dancers. B+

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