Fifth about The Seventh

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge: highly fictionalized biopic as it may be, John Huston nevertheless presents a very credible depiction of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. This version of the painter is a highly talented man with a chip on his shoulders, whose disability both drove him away from the sun into the bohemian nights and kept him from forming meaningful relationships; hence, his choice of subject matter for his wonderful paintings. José Ferrer creates a somewhat stiff portrait, but that is in part due to the character’s nature, and probably in part due to the tricks used to create the illusion of his physicality. Colette Marchand is a bit loud as one crucial female character in his early life, while Suzanne Flon is better as another, more interesting woman in his life later on. The film’s aesthetics are naturally inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec’s work; Marcel Vertès created both the wonderful sets and the costumes. Cinematographer Oswald Morris captures it all beautifully.

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