Based on the novel by Pierre La Mure, the 1952 British film Moulin Rouge is a fictionalised account of the life of street artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as he pursues his art in 19th century bohemian Paris and finds solace among the other misfits at famed dance hall the Moulin Rouge. Alongside Zsa Zsa Gabor as Jane Avril, Jose Ferrer starred as the diminutive Toulouse-Lautrec, reportedly shooting the entire movie on his knees with his legs strapped to the back of his thighs. The picture was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director for John Huston and Best Actor for Jose Ferrer. Far superior to the original British and American campaign artwork, artist Lucjan Jagodzinski echoed the style and palette of Lautrec's original can-can posters on this rare and sought after poster for the first Polish release of the film in 1957.
Very Good (B+)
Unfolded, conservation backed on linen in the European style with no restoration whatsoever. Prior to backing this poster had nicks and tears to edges, predominantly to upper right edge, the largest 1 in, and creasing to upper portion of pale grey ground and lower credits, not affecting artwork excepting a couple of creases through red bonnet. Backing has smoothed and diminished creasing and edge wear, ensuring the poster looks spectacular for display. Three inky marks to lower edge, likely acquired during the printing process. Image and colours otherwise excellent. Linen border trimmed to a sixteenth of an inch for framing.