201069 minutes

Absinthe: was it ambrosia or poison? Artistic muse or ticket to madness and death? There is a tremendous fascination with absinthe, yet few truly know of its rich history. The documentary "Absinthe" definitively brings the Green Fairy out of her clouded past where, for one hundred years, her fabled effects and demonized reputation have excited equal doses of admiration and loathing. The film traces absinthe from its birth in Switzerland in 1787, through its rise in the chic of Belleoqu, Paris, to its prohibition, and now to the recent worldwide revival. Absinthe's story is put in high relief through interviews with leading historians, authors, distillers, antiques collectors, and fanatics. The cult beverage of bohemian artists has stormed back into fashion; the documentary "Absinthe" clarifies the legend.
MPAA Rating: NOTRATED 2010 Orsonami Films
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69 minutes
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