‘Moulin Rouge’ at the Crocker Art Museum


Take a trip back in time to fin de siecle Paris with a one-time-only screening of John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge” at the Crocker Art Museum. The 1952 film starring Jose Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor captures the opulence and seediness of Parisian nightlife at the turn of the century. The fictional story tracks the ups and downs of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a successful and revered artist but also a pitiable, deeply lonely alcoholic. A critical success, the film snagged seven Oscar nominations and two wins, and continues to make new fans today thanks to its stunning costuming, cinematography and visual impact. While “Moulin Rouge” has since been eclipsed by its Baz Luhrmann successor, the Crocker is bringing it back for this special showing to celebrate the museum’s newest exhibit, “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne.” Museum visitors can indulge in Huston’s fantastical interpretation of Toulouse-Lautrec’s life before getting up close and personal with the artist’s real works, along with the art of other Belle Epoque beloveds such as Mary Cassat and Eugène Carrière. Museum visitors can also scope out an original lithograph of the famous Le Chat Noir. Francophiles and cinemaphiles alike will get a kick out of the “Moulin Rouge” and art exhibit pairing. For more information about this event or the “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne” exhibit, check out the Crocker Art Museum website.

What: “Moulin Rouge” at the Crocker Art Museum
When: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2–5 p.m.
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
Cost: General $15, members $10