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Moulin Rouge (Movie - 1952) Though they're ubiquitous in rental stores, VHS copies of the new-to-tape biopic Surviving Picasso, starring Anthony Hopkins, aren't exactly...Moulin Rouge (Movie - 1952)Drama, BiographyPT119M Though they're ubiquitous in rental stores, VHS copies of the new-to-tape biopic Surviving Picasso, starring Anthony Hopkins, aren't exactly...1997-04-18Zsa Zsa GaborMGM
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Moulin Rouge (Movie - 1952)

Genre: Drama, Biography; Starring: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor; Director: John Huston; Author: John Huston; Runtime (in minutes): 119; Distributor: MGM

Though they’re ubiquitous in rental stores, VHS copies of the new-to-tape biopic Surviving Picasso, starring Anthony Hopkins, aren’t exactly flying off the new-release shelves. Why would they? The movie portrays a towering creative talent as a nasty old man and hardly brings his work alive. If you’re up for a more artful film about a great painter, we suggest you white out Picasso and brush up on one of these tortured-artist flicks. Just don’t expect photorealism.

Moulin Rouge (1952)
Portrait of: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer) circa 1880. Missing from this picture: The Parisian brothels the shy, stunted painter frequented and used as inspiration. Neatest visual motifs: Re-creating many of Toulouse-Lautrec’s colorful posters, director John Huston packs scenes with cafe eccentrics and can-can dancers. B+