Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Director: John Huston

Cast: John Huston, José Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon

     
 

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John Huston's Moulin Rouge (1952) showed up in a handsome-looking laserdisc in the early '90s, but MGM's June 2004 DVD release easily overshadows the earlier release, with a picture that is so sharp, crisp, and carefully shaded so as to match the best theatrical presentation the movie has received since its opening. The first 20 minutes of the movie, set in

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John Huston's Moulin Rouge (1952) showed up in a handsome-looking laserdisc in the early '90s, but MGM's June 2004 DVD release easily overshadows the earlier release, with a picture that is so sharp, crisp, and carefully shaded so as to match the best theatrical presentation the movie has received since its opening. The first 20 minutes of the movie, set in 19th century Montmartre, are among the most exhilarating set pieces in Huston's entire output, and the disc is so carefully mastered -- including Georges Auric's densely melodic scoring -- leaving one breathless, even on a small screen. Oswald Morris's photography has been painstakingly restored for this transfer in terms of the brightness, sharpness, and rich color tones in every shot; even the darkest shots have usable picture information. Paul Sheriff's Oscar-winning art direction and the extraordinary costuming by Marcel Vertes can be appreciated properly as well. The full-screen (1.33:1) image is of demonstration quality, even if the film itself does lag in pacing later on. Even the three-minute-long trailer looks better than the movie itself looked in television showings from the '60s. The audio has been set at a high volume level as well, which comes out very nicely on speakers. The movie has been given 24 chapters that are well chosen; the disc opens automatically to a simple menu with the "play" command in the default position.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Acting in this 1954 John Huston film was a painful exercise for José Ferrer: He had to stand and walk on his knees to approximate the height of his character, the diminutive French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). But any discomfort Ferrer felt served only to enhance his performance, for Toulouse-Lautrec led a tortured existence after suffering a childhood injury that stunted his growth and scarred his self-esteem. Ferrer gives a moving performance, playing his dwarfish character with pathetic desperation as he fails twice at love. His sensitive portrayal earned him an Oscar nomination and the acclaim of many critics. Oddly, it was the second time in four years that Ferrer played a Frenchman with a pronounced deformity and a miserable love life. In 1950, he portrayed the long-nosed fictional hero, Cyrano de Bergerac, winning an Oscar for that performance. The introspective gloom of Ferrer's Toulouse-Lautrec clashes markedly with the outward cheer and brilliant color that the painter captures on canvas, and with the merry Paris nightlife at the Moulin Rouge café that cinematographer Oswald Morris captures beautifully on film.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
UPC:
0027616906892
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital English Mono; English, French, and Spanish-language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
José Ferrer Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec
Colette Marchand Marie Charlet
Suzanne Flon Myriamme Hayen
Zsa Zsa Gabor Jane Avril
Katherine Kath La Goulue
Christopher Lee Georges Scurat
Claude Nollier Countess de Toulouse-Lautrec
Eric Pohlmann Bar Owner
Muriel Smith Aicha
Georges Lannes Aicha's Patov
Walter Crisham Valentin Dessosse
Mary Clare Mme. Loubet
Lee Montague Zidler
Jill Bennett Sarah
Maureen Swanson Denise
Jim Gérald Pere Cotelle
Rupert John Chocolate
Tutte Lemkow Aicha's Partner
Jean Claudio Drunken Reveller
Fernand Fabre General
George Pastell Man at 1st Bar
Jean Ozenne Felix
Francis de Wolff Victor, Bartender
Michael Balfour Dodo
Theodore Bikel King
Madge Brindley Actor
Maria Britneva Actor
Charles Carson Actor
Jacques Cey Actor
Diane Cilento Actor
Ina DeLa Haye Actor
Hugh Dempster Actor
Everley Gregg Actor
Peter Haddon Actor
Richard Molinas Actor
Charles Perry Actor
Bernard Rebel Actor
Charles Reynolds Actor
Christopher Rhodes Actor
Raymond Rollett Actor
Tim Turner Actor
Donovan Winter Actor
Walter Cross Actor
Rene Poirier Actor
Aleta Morrison Actor
Michael Seavers Actor
Isabel George Actor
David Garth Actor
Harold Kasket Maurice Joyant
Peter Cushing Marcel de la Voisier

Technical Credits
John Huston Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Leigh Aman Production Manager
Georges Auric Score Composer
Jack Clayton Producer
Freddie Francis Camera Operator
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Schiaparelli Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Sheriff Art Director
Julia Squire Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter
Marcel Vertes Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/ Cancan [6:07]
2. The Alley Cats [4:30]
3. It's April Again [5:19]
4. The Impressionist [5:07]
5. Long Walk Home [8:12]
6. In the Studio [5:39]
7. She Promised to Return [4:24]
8. Café des Artistes [2:40]
9. Desire to Believe [3:43]
10. The Art of Life [10:16]
11. A Visit From Maman [5:23]
12. To Search for His Love [5:57]
13. Raison d'Être [4:15]
14. Return to Moulin Rouge [9:51]
15. Montage [1:05]
16. 1900 [6:54]
17. The Admirer [6:00]
18. Eye of the Beholder [3:09]
19. Still Lives [4:13]
20. Along the River Seine [4:08]
21. Tortured Souls [4:29]
22. One Year Later [3:57]
23. The Letter [1:36]
24. Adieu/ End Credits [2:15]

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