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!