Richard Alston Season: Moulin Rouge (1952) + Introduction

1953| U| 120 mins| / /

Screening Dates:
Sun 8 October 2:15pm

Director: John Huston
Cast: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colette Marchand

Part of a season of films curated and introduced by Richard Alston in the Filmhouse.

Set in the 19th century, the story is that of the crippled artist, Toulouse-Lautrec. He forgets his worries by drinking and mingling at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris, where he sits and sketches the scenes he sees. Lonely and convinced his crippled state means he will be alone forever, he is delighted to meet Marie, a young girl in need of help. The two become lovers, but he soon learns she is being unfaithful. Crushed, he throws her out and attempts to carry on with his life. The film scooped a host of awards, including two Oscars.

In conjunction with Richard Alston Dance Company’s performance at Royal & Derngate on Thu 5 & Fri 6 October, choreographer Richard Alston has programmed a season of films in the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Each depicting dance in interesting ways, the films have inspired Alston’s choreography throughout his career.

If you book for any film in the Richard Alston season, we are offering a special ticket price of £15 on best available seats for the live Richard Alston Dance Company performance at Royal & Derngate. To book with this offer, please visit or call Box Office on 01604 624811.

Richard says: “John Huston’s Moulin Rouge from 1952 is a terrific coming to life of the work of the Montmartre painter Toulouse Lautrec. The characters of Lautrec’s posters are vividly portrayed and the wildly rumbustious Can-can explodes onto the Screen marvellously filmed from low-level cameras. All the erotic excitements of the Moulin Rouge are here, the quarrels and sexual shenanigans of the different singers and dancers and Lautrec himself (Jose Ferrer) vigorously sketching away in the corner. It’s a truly marvellous film, very rarely seen these days- don’t miss it!

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