Monday, May 23, 2016

Moulin Rouge

The movie for this Monday is Moulin Rouge. This is the 1952 version so there's 100% less Nicole Kidman and 97.2% better.  You can watch the entire film via this Youtube channel although it does have Spanish subtitles. You can ignore them or learn what, fue el amor el que nos canto una cancion inolvidable, means. It's a Hollywood version of the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The most amazing thing about this film is that there are several moments where you could pause the movie and actually see a painting. Not literally, but you know.
 Something very interesting I learned while at the Art Institute in Chicago was that one of his most famous paintings, At the Moulin Rouge, looked very different at one time. The above picture is how it looks right now hanging on the wall and how most of us know it. However it once was missing the woman's face. The information given was that at one time either Lautrec or an advisor had told him to cut her out of the picture so that it would sell. There was some concern that the "garish" face of singer May Milton would prevent it from selling.
The Art Institute has a black and white X-ray type photo on display that shows where the painting was cut. Whoever put it back together again did an excellent job because you have to be looking at it just right in order to notice the seams. Here's a link to the Institute's information about it.


  1. Thanks for the link! This a really good film on a lot of levels and you can't get it on Netflix because it's still shown on tv or something.

    1. It is great. The actress they got to play Marie Charlet looks just like the paintings, especially the one where she looks three sheets to the wind in the dress with the plunging neckline.