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At long last folks, the Absinthe scene from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002):

 

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I had been told about the Muppet movie thing but never looked it up. I'm just plain lazy I reckon.

Thanks for finding that little gem. :cheers:

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Wow, there's really no denying the Muppet gem right there. Pretty hilarious actually! There's an avatar waiting to happen...

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Another obscure one: an episode from the first season of Highlander: the Series entitled "For Evil's Sake"

 

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In a flashback, the bad guy drinks Absinthe from a flask.

 

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He offers some to the Highlander.

 

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In the present he's still drinking the stuff, which is how the Highlander tracks him down.

 

Their choice of presentation is interesting, the stuff seems to be pre-louched, which we all know isn't a long term option. Enjoy! :cheers:

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I loved the Highlander show, and have been meaning to pick up the whole series eventually. Now I really have an excuse!

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This barely counts as Absinthe in Film, but in the interest of being complete, here is the Absinthe closeup from Lil Wayne's Lollipop video. Yep, they poured the LTV into the goddamn fountain... :thumbdown:

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Their choice of presentation is interesting, the stuff seems to be pre-louched, which we all know isn't a long term option. Enjoy! :cheers:

 

Still, not a bad louche for an alleged absinthe in a 1993 tv series.

 

If only Radomil had taken the hint.

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The lollipop vid was no doubt just a creation of someone who was "familiar" with absinthe lore and did absolutely no research on the subject other than looking quickly at the first link that popped up in google or such.

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The video was shot in Vegas, it is possible that the fountain and mode of consumption all came from whatever bar/casino they were shooting in. It is not central to the plot of the video, and is not referenced in the lyrics, so I think we can assume it was not added as an important plot device but simply as set dressing. Clearly the artist wanted the video to remain focused on the lollipop-as-male-genitalia metaphor.

 

I'm taking the piss by the way. :cheers:

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A still from Moulin Rouge. Is that a Pernod Fils label on that bottle?? Actually not a bad table setting all told, carafe, match striker, passable glass, dancing girl... yep. All the essentials!

 

I really don't remember seeing these sorts of details in the actual film though. This still was from the extras disc. Maybe it was there but all the jumpcuts overloaded my brain and so I forgot it.

 

For the record: in the original picture the glass contained a much more greenish liquid, so don't go praising their louche!

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Here's that label again! To date we've seen it in From Hell, Carnivale, Experiment 18, and now here it is (for a split second) in the Perfect Drug video from Nine Inch Nails. The only difference I can see to the label is the replacement of the word "Suisse" at the bottom of the original with something else starting with the letters "REM".

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There is a small inconsequential mention of absinthe in Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire movie. Claudia brings Lestat twin boys, apparently asleep. Lestat asks, "Absinthe?", Claudia responds with something like, yes, a small amount, enough to knock them out. But infact, she killed them with laudanum, which later she says kept the blood warm.

I can't remember if it's in the book version, though. I hate it when movies are SO different from the books :thumbdown:

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I swear I heard absinthe. I may be wrong! may as well be absinthe! Maybe it IS in the book, and not the movie! curiouser and curiouser...

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I knew it!. We were both right! It's after he drinks from the twin boys, he knows something is wrong, and staggers. Then he says, "Absinthe, you gave them absinthe?", then he goes , "Ack!, argh! Put me in my coffin!".

 

Stupid brat prince!

 

From the script:

 

INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT

Two beautiful youths, lying asleep on a couch, by a

table full with a half-eaten meal. Lestat sighs.

 

LESTAT

Oh, Claudia, you've outdone

yourself. Where did you find them?

 

CLAUDIA

Drunk on brandy wine. A thimbleful.

I thought of you when I saw them.

 

LESTAT

We forgive each other then?

 

Claudia stares at him, sitting. She nods.

 

Lestat bites into the neck of one of the youths, sucks

greedily and horribly. Claudia watches him without

expression. He finished one, is about to take the other

when he staggers. He looks at Claudia.

 

LESTAT

Absinthe? You gave them absinthe?

 

CLAUDIA

No. Laudanum.

 

 

 

 

They are also drinking absinthe in the bar Louis goes to after his house burns down. I forgot about that one.

Edited by Susannah

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I just watched an old black and white film starring Peter Lorre entitled "Think Fast, Mr. Moto" from 1937.

 

While on an ocean liner Mr. Moto and his friend sit at the bar and he calls for a Hakadote Highball as a cure for his friend's hangover. The barkeep has never heard of it so Mr. Moto offers the recipe. It calls for (in a tall glass):

 

1 measure of lemon juice

1 pinch of salt

1 egg

4 dashes of orange bitters

1 jigger of worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 pony of absinthe, and

Gin to the top.

 

Although it's not an absinthe scene, my wife and I were surprised to hear absinthe mentioned.

 

Mr. Moto? 1937?

 

edit by hiram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRD0Qr0fAlU

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Not sure if this was mentioned, I haven't had time to look through the whole thread, but I found this: http://www.seborabsinth.com/chronicles/abs...ies/default.asp.

 

Down towards the bottom there is a movie called Total Eclipse, that was my introduction to Absinthe. It took me almost 15 years to actually be able to drink some after watching the movie but it was worth the wait. :thumbup:

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Their choice of presentation is interesting, the stuff seems to be pre-louched, which we all know isn't a long term option. Enjoy! :cheers:

 

Still, not a bad louche for an alleged absinthe in a 1993 tv series.

 

If only Radomil had taken the hint.

 

:laf:

 

Thanks, zombie thread! I needed a laugh. And now I need to watch Highlander again, though I'm not sure I'm thankful for that... :twitchsmile:

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Take a look at the scene with the two booths in the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse's group has a Pernod Fils bottle on the table. There are many instances where Absinthe is represented quite well, actually. Of course the Absynthesizer, the Green Fairy Minogue and some flaming-absinthe instances are over the top, but since we've got a singing moon in some scenes, I'd say to view the film as a representation of bohème "real life" is worth about as much as viewing Indiana Jones flicks as instructional movies for archeologists. For me, Moulin Rouge is still one of the greatest movies with absinthe. :) (If you worry about the greens being too green: What about the reds, the yellows and the blues? Come on... It's Baz Luhrman. F****in' great.)

 

I really don't remember seeing these sorts of details in the actual film though. This still was from the extras disc. Maybe it was there but all the jumpcuts overloaded my brain and so I forgot it.

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My short film is called Experiment 18: Das Hexenhammer-Projekt, and you can check out the (barebones) IMDb page here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1112672/

 

Although it isn't online, it should soon be available in DVD from Lurker Films as part of their very cool H.P. Lovecraft Collection. http://www.lurkerfilms.com/

 

Although it is not Absinthe related, the previous film I made (called Experiment 17) is on YouTube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI0M4xRwbs8

 

If Experiment 17 is spoofing the History channel, then Experiment 18 is spoofing docudrama recreations. Plus it has Nazi prostitutes in fishnets drinking Absinthe...

 

Cheers!

 

 

Lemmings Might Attack Ontario!!!

 

I loved that! I've been a Lovecraft fan for ages and a nazi history buff as a kid. Put those altogether with my favorite drink and what a rush! Hey do you have any props or photos from that? I love collecting movie memorabilia.

 

Thanks Great Job!

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