Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Absinthe and the Moulin Rouge

Midnight Lovers by Unknown
An Absinthe drinker by Pablo Picasso
Just came across an artical on the BBC website about france legelizing Absinthe after being banned for about a 100 years! It's quite funny because I'm about to watch Moulin Rouge for an essay I have to write. 
Absinthe's heyday was in the mid-to-late 1800s.Artists would hang out in the Parisian cafes to escape the chill of their studios, and a whole social scene developed around the drink, which was nicknamed la fee verte, meaning the green fairy.The green, anise-flavoured spirit is associated with many of the country's most famous and esteemed artists and writers - like Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and Paul Verlaine - but it was banned in France in 1915 for its alleged harmful effect.well not anymore

If I could go back in time, I would have live in Paris in the 18th century in a little studio with a little balcony drinking my absinthe and hanging out with the Artists. My great grandad was around in paris at that time I wonder what he was up to.

Moulin Rouge by Baz Lurhmann  is set in this era and Absinthe drinking is featured in the film. My essay will be about how the film jumps through various genres and has modern,post-modern  and classical hollywood influences. You gotta love it!! Oneeeee dayyyy I'lll flyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy awaaaaaaay...

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