Moulin Rouge

1952

John Huston
Director
Romulus Films
Studio
United Artists
Distributor

A study of bohemian life in 1890s Paris, centered on the Moulin Rouge and the dramatic episodes in the life of painter Henri Toulouse-Latrec.

A beautifully made film, with many fine performances (including Zsa Zsa, surprisingly enough!), but especially a wonderfully bitter and sardonically tragic one by Ferrer that manages to surpass the rather silly cinematic artifice used to make him appear as short as the real painter. The real star is the cinematography, which looks unlike anything else of its time and is remarkably fresh and modern even today. It is amazing that of all the Oscar nominations this film received, Best Cinematography was not one of them. Certainly none of the nominees that year, let alone the winner (The Quiet Man) approach the technical perfection seen here--it's no surprise that Freddie Francis was the camera operator.

Moulin Rouge did deservedly win two Oscars, for Art Direction and Costume Design; ironically a much later (and slightly inferior) film of the same name won the same awards in 2001. And probably the last film one would expect to find both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in!

Note:The IMDb listing for this film is particularly sloppy, and I have made corrections where possible, especially as concerns character names (i.e. King Milan of Serbia, not 'Milo'). Credited actors are listed first, followed by uncredited roles in order of appearance. This is followed by a list of actors listed as having been in the film, but whose roles I have not been able to determine at present.

-Dave W.


Moulin Rouge
6th March 1953
Cinema



119 mins
1.37:1

Moulin Rouge
21st September 1953
Cinema



119 mins
1.37:1



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José Ferrer
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec
Colette Marchand
Marie Charlet
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Jane Avril
Suzanne Flon
Myriamme Hayam
Claude Nollier
Countess de Toulouse-Latrec
Katherine Kath
Louise Weber
("La Goulue")
Muriel Smith
Aicha
Jane's Singing Voice (uncredited)
Mary Clare
Madame Loubet
Walter Crisham
Valentin le désossé
Jim Gérald
Père Cotelle
Harold Kasket
Charles Zidler
Georges Lannes
Sgt. Balthazar Patou
Lee Montague
Maurice Joyant
Maureen Swanson
Denise de Frontiac
Tutte Lemkow
Aicha's Partner
Jill Bennett
Sarah
Theodore Bikel
King Milan IV of Serbia
Peter Cushing
Marcel de la Voisier
Charles Carson
Count Moïse de Camondo
(incorrectly credited as M. Paquin)
Walter Cross
Babare
Marcel Vertès
Hand Making Toulouse-Latrec's Sketches
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-01
Orchestra Conductor
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-02
Moulin Rouge Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-03
Moulin Rouge Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-04
Moulin Rouge Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-05
Moulin Rouge Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-06
Moulin Rouge Patron
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-07
Moulin Rouge Patron
(uncredited)
Richard Molinas
Drunken Provincial (uncredited)
Isabel George
Lovely Companion (uncredited)
Peter Haddon
Prim Englishman (uncredited)
Hugh Dempster
Prim Englishman (uncredited)
Rupert John
Chocolat (uncredited)
Unknown 12972-08
Dancer Sketched by Toulouse
(uncredited)
Ursula Granville
Dancer Sketched by Toulouse
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-10
Dancer Sketched by Toulouse
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-11
Dancer Sketched by Toulouse
(uncredited)
Donovan Winter
Jane's Guardsman (uncredited)
Hilary Allen
Cancan Dancer
(uncredited)
Moyra Fraser
Cancan Dancer
(uncredited)
Sara Luzita
Cancan Dancer
(uncredited)
Aleta Morrison
Cancan Dancer
(uncredited)
Sheila Nelson
Cancan Dancer
(uncredited)
Maria Samina
Cancan Dancer
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-12
Apologetic Drunk (uncredited)
Unknown 12972-13
Toulouse as a Child
(uncredited)
Arthur Howard
Dancing Master
(uncredited)
Patricia Rowsell
Denise as a Child
(uncredited)
Christopher Warbey
Boy in Dancing Class
(uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov
Dr. Grenier (uncredited)
Victor Fairley
Specialist Doctor
(uncredited)
Barry Krost
Young Henri
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-14
Stablehand (uncredited)
Robert Le Fort
Francois Gauzi (uncredited)
Jean Landier
Louis Anquetin (uncredited)
Christopher Lee
Georges Seurat
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-22
Café Waiter (uncredited)
Jean Ozenne
Felix, Maitre d' at Pre Catalan
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-15
Maitre d' at Pre Catalan
(uncredited)
Mons. Valerbe
Sommelier at Pre Catalan
(uncredited)
Mons. Tabourno
Maitre d' at Pre Catalan
(uncredited)
Rita Webb
Woman On Balcony Emptying Bucket
(uncredited)
Maria Britneva
Woman Mistaken for Marie
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-16
Drunk Old Lady
(uncredited)
Eric Pohlmann
Picard, First Bar Owner (uncredited)
George Pastell
Man at First Bar
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-17
Customer at Bon Vivant
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-18
Customer at Bon Vivant
(uncredited)
Irissa Cooper
Giselle (uncredited)
Terence O'Regan
Bébert (uncredited)
Unknown 12972-19
Man in Poster Montage
("It's an outrage!")
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-20
Man in Poster Montage
("Disgusting!")
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-21
Man in Poster Montage
("Magnifique!")
(uncredited)
Raymond Rollett
Man at Salon (uncredited)
David Garth
Man at Salon (uncredited)
Everley Gregg
Disgusted Woman at Salon
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-23
Madam (uncredited)
Unknown 12972-24
M. Paquin (uncredited)
Fernand Fabre
General (Victor)
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-25
Man Asking Myriamme to Dance
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-26
Flower Seller (uncredited)
Unknown 12972-27
Man Congratulating Marcel at Racetrack
(uncredited)
Alf Casha
Bum Heckling La Goulue
(uncredited)
Unknown Female 6
Bum Heckling La Goulue
(uncredited)
Unknown 12972-30
Doorman Giving Note to Henri
(uncredited)
Francis De Wolff
Victor (uncredited)
Michael Balfour
Dodo (uncredited)
Gerald Nodin
Priest (uncredited)
Gene Anderson
Guardsman's Girl
(uncredited)
Madge Brindley
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Gaylord Cavallaro
Young Man (uncredited)
Jacques Cey
Girard (uncredited)
Diane Cilento
Midinette (uncredited)
Jean Claudio
Drunken Reveller
(uncredited)
Michèle Clément
French Girl
(uncredited)
Ina De La Haye
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Raf De La Torre
Filibert (uncredited)
Pamela Deeming
Midinette (uncredited)
Suzi Euzaine
Lorette (uncredited)
Anthony Gray
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Paul Homer
Footman (uncredited)
Rene Leplat
Writer (uncredited)
Margaret Maxwell
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Guy Moschen
Delivery Boy
(uncredited)
Alex Nichols
Telegraph Boy
(uncredited)
Charles Perry
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Rene Poirier
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Bernard Rebel
Playwright (uncredited)
Charles Reynolds
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Christopher Rhodes
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Michael Seavers
Artist (uncredited)
John Serret
Art Dealer
(uncredited)
Tim Turner
Artist (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur
Maitre d'Hotel Maxim's
(uncredited)
Elwy Yost
Moulin Rouge Customer
(uncredited)

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