I took this photo after the hibiscus flower first bloomed in my front yard. Often referred to as the Hawaiian flower, this plant has many uses. It is edible, and can be drunk as a tea, made into a garnish, & cooked in soup. Some claim that it can calm an upset stomach. Although I must admit that I have never had the urge to eat a hibiscus flower. I am content to just admire it.
Last night I watched the film Moulin Rouge from 1952.
Directed by John Huston & starring Jose Ferrer as the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this film is rather simple, beginning with a can-can scene at the Moulin Rouge in 1890 Paris.
The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the costumes were. The dresses were all unique & flowed wonderfully with the dancers.
The atmosphere of a smokey room filled with raucous behavior & too much alcohol set the tone for the rest of the film.
It goes through a fictional account of Lautrec’s life. It explains how his legs stopped growing because he broke them falling down the steps. His short stature causes much pain & suffering. He drinks to alleviate this, which is ultimately his downfall.
It shows his trouble with women, & how he found the will to live through making his artwork.
Several of his artworks are displayed throughout the film. They are truly unique & beautiful.
If you are interested in the life & works of artists, you should definitely check this film out!