Yeah I didn’t realize there was an older movie by the same name. This one is about Toulouse-Lautrec. Now how accurate it is as a historical piece I’m not sure, but the cast is something to see. Jose Ferrer plays Toulouse, Zsa Zsa Gabor is also among the cast of women who interact with Toulouse. Peter Cushing is also in the movie, but what is surprising is the people who don’t get credit who appear in this picture like Christopher Lee.
Even though this tale covers the sad and short life of this artist, I find the performance by Jose Ferrer very compelling. This was an extremely demanding role physically as you will see watching this movie. In a day when it was much more challenging to make yourself shorter than you really are, and no CGI. There is only one seen I could spot where you can tell where he tucked his legs.
Other great movies with Jose Ferrer are Cyrano et d’Artagnan more commonly known as Cyrano de Bergerac for which he received an Academy Award.