Based on the life of the famous artist Henri De Toulouse Lautrec, John Huston's epic costume drama Moulin Rouge received multiple Oscar nominations, including a nomination for best leading actor for Jose Ferrer's performance as Toulouse Lautrec. Henri De Toulouse Lautrec was the son of a Count, who failed to grow following a disastrous operation on his legs as a child. As an adult he left home to become an artist in Paris, where he found creative inspiration at the Moulin Rouge. However, the women of the Moulin Rouge prove to be more than just his passion but also the path towards his ruin.
Images of Paris in Silent Film (17 mins): a selection of rare early films, spanning the years 1900-1925, reflecting different aspects of life in Lautrec's adopted home, from the vaults of the BFI National Archive
Lightning Sketches: Posters, Printing and Caricatures in Silent Film (21 mins): artists use new cinematic technology to bring their topical cartoons to life in this collection of archival oddities from the earliest days of animation and the popular press
Lautrec (1974, 6 mins): Lautrec's characters dance playfully through this lovely short animated film which celebrates his life and work
Commentary by Angela Allen (2019): the longstanding associate of John Huston and Moulin Rouge script supervisor discusses this film and many others across an eclectic career in this new commentary recorded specifically for this release