Jose Ferrer endows with conviction the part of Toulouse-Lautrec, the cultured, gifted artist of Paris in the 1880s whose glaring deformity -# a childhood accident impeded growth of his legs -# repulses the women whom he constantly seeks.

Jose Ferrer endows with conviction the part of Toulouse-Lautrec, the cultured, gifted artist of Paris in the 1880s whose glaring deformity -# a childhood accident impeded growth of his legs -# repulses the women whom he constantly seeks.

John Huston’s direction is superb in the handling of individual scenes. The can-can ribaldry, the frank depiction of streetwalkers, the smokey atmosphere of Parisian bistro life -# they come through in exciting pictorial terms. Each scene has a framed appearance which richly sets off the action. And the Technicolor tinting captures the flamboyant aura of Montmartre.

But overall, the production, while of great scenic merit, requires some dramatic explosiveness. The story unfolds in a constantly minor-key tone.

Filmed in France and England, the pic is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Pierre La Mure.

1952: Best Color Art Direction, Color Costume Design.

Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Jose Ferrer), Supp. Actress (Colette Marchand), Editing

Moulin Rouge

UK

Production

Romulus. Director John Huston; Screenplay John Huston, Anthony Veiller; Camera Oswald Morris; Editor Ralph Kemplen; Music Georges Auric; Art Director Paul Sheriff

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 118 MIN.

With

Jose Ferrer Colette Marchand Suzanne Flon Zsa Zsa Gabor Christopher Lee Eric Pohlmann
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