Moulin Rouge (1952) Film Review

Last night I watched the film Moulin Rouge from 1952.

“Dance At The Moulin Rouge” – You can almost feel the movement of the dancers.

Directed by John Huston & starring Jose Ferrer as the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,  this film is rather simple,  beginning with a can-can scene at the Moulin Rouge in 1890 Paris.

The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the costumes were.  The dresses were all unique & flowed wonderfully with the dancers.

The atmosphere of a smokey room filled with raucous behavior & too much alcohol set the tone for the rest of the film.

It goes through a fictional account of Lautrec’s life.  It explains how his legs stopped growing because he broke them falling down the steps.  His short stature causes much pain & suffering.  He drinks to alleviate this, which is ultimately his downfall.

It shows his trouble with women, & how he found the will to live through making his artwork.

Several of his artworks are displayed throughout the film.  They are truly unique & beautiful.


If you are interested in the life & works of artists, you should definitely check this film out!


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