Presented by Toronto Silent Film Festival
April 03 - April 03, 2020 7:00 PM
400 Roncesvalles Ave.
Opening Night for the Toronto Silent Film Festival. MOULIN ROUGE 1928 UK 127MIN
4K Restoration-Canadian Premiere
Move over Baz Luhrmann-you ain’t seen nothing yet!
In the 1920s Parisian nightclubs, anything goes. This lavishly exuberant British production by German expressionist pioneer E A Dupont (Varieté –TSFF2012) and Art Director Alfred Junge (future Oscar winner for Black Narcissus 1947) recreates the blazing glamour of the world’s most decadent cabaret. They even went so far as to rent a famous club and the entire cast of its Paris-New York Revue for the production which is seen in a wild opening 25-minute section.
At the Moulin Rouge, everyone worships at the feet of the alluring diva Parysia (played to the hilt by Russian-German screen sensation Olga Tschechowa) including André, her daughter’s faithless fiancé. But the corrupt love triangle, beset by lust and obsession, comes crashing down with devastating consequences.
Restoration by BFI (British Film Institute)
Accompaniment: Bill O’Meara