The spectacularly colorful 1952 version of “Moulin Rouge” will be the featured film in the Movies in the Camden Amphitheatre series Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. The movie screenings are free, thanks to support from the Maine Community Foundation and The First Bancorp. Viewers should bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. The movie will be shown rain or shine; the rain location will be in the library’s Picker Room.

Not to be confused with the Baz Luhrmann-Nicole Kidman extravaganza of 2001, this “Moulin Rouge” is John Huston’s vigorous study of the innovative artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. With José Ferrer as Toulouse-Lautrec, Huston successfully captures the atmosphere of Paris’ Montmartre and its colorful characters seen through the sad and dejected eyes of Lautrec. Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winner of two, this visually stunning biography is colorful, vivid, energetic and remarkably true to Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings.

Also sharing significant screen time is Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor as Jane Avril. Huston remarkably shows Toulouse-Lautrec’s deformed body without using modern CGI technology, using instead camera angles, makeup, costume, concealed pits and platforms and short body doubles.

The movie is part of the Camden library’s week-long celebration of Paris of 1900 beginning with “Moulin Rouge” and including Christopher Glass’s illustrated lecture From Stone to Iron: The Architecture of Nineteenth Century Paris Aug. 11; and David McCullough’s lecture on The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris on Aug. 13.

The final movie in the series will be 1939’s “Drums Along the Mohawk” Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to