All roads lead to Moulin Rouge

Oct 13, 2014, 08:07 IST | Dhara Vora

As the world-famous French cabaret Moulin Rouge, completes 125 years, the guide pays tribute to this institution that has been titillating admirers and fans as well as inspiring shows across the globe

Moulin Rouge

Since 1945, Maison Clairvoy has specialised in the creation of luxury shoes and started its collaboration with Moulin Rouge to create boots and shoes for French Can-Can dancers in 1960.

Maison Clairvoy

French shoemaker Guillaume Gonin (in pic) works on a shoe for the dancers in the workshop of the Maison Clairvoy in Paris.

The brightly-lit Cabaret is a popular vision by night, quite a contrast to it’s image in the daytime

The brightly-lit Cabaret

“Moulin Rouge, La Goulue”, an 1891 lithograph by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec that was shown at a preview on March 16, 2001, at Sotheby’s in New York. A celebrated French artiste, Toulouse-Lautrec created several posters and paintings based on Moulin Rouge.

Moulin Rouge, La Goulue

(In centre) Jean-Jacques Clerico, also known as Jacki Clerico, chairman of the Moulin Rouge Cabaret and its director Roland Leonar (second from right) were awarded the silver-gilt Medal of Honour, on March 15, 1979, during a ceremony at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret in Paris. Seen here surrounded by the dancers, relatives and children. Jacki Clerico, who had led the management of the famed Cabaret for some 50 years, died at the age of 83 years, on January 14, 2013 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of Paris.

Jean-Jacques Clerico

Moulin Rouge’s dancers perform on November 30, 2005 in Mumbai. Nearly 20 dancers came to India to promote the cultural and historical significance of Moulin Rouge as part of a tour organised by Alliance Francaise de Bombay.

Moulin Rouges dancers

Singer/actress Liza Minelli  during a  charity show in Paris’ Moulin Rouge Cabaret on April 11, 1982. The show was dedicated to FAVA, which takes care of mentally challenged children.

Liza Minelli

Moulin Rouge: The movie

Baz Luhrmann's 2001 spectacle features Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in lead roles as Satine and Christian, respectively.

Moulin Rouge: The movie

With impressive sets, colourful costumes and a vibrant score, this Hollywood tribute to the Parisian institution created a stir at the box office and across the film festival circuit too. It was the first musical film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards since Beauty and the Beast (1991).

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