Monday, Oct 5th
6.00pm – 9.00pm
The late 19th Century brought many curious sights to Montmartre – Paris’ dangerous, debauched and surreal bohemian underbelly – none more so than Cabaret L’Enfer; its malevolent maw threatening to devour all who dared to step within its damnable interior.
But how did this most macabre of nightclubs come to be, what went on within and why was Belle Epoque Paris so death fixated?
From the North West of England to Coney Island to the Moulin Rouge, this is an epic international saga, full of surprising connections and featuring the origins of Mass entertainment from spiritualism to cinema to stage magic.
Vadim Kosmos is a writer with a particular interest in post-war French popular culture. For five years Vadim ran the popular World of Kane blog, exploring the world of psychedelic fashion, art, film and music. He has made several broadcast appearances to comment on these subjects and to offer insight on French pop music and soundtrack composers.
His research entitled 'Hell Époque: Death-themed Cabarets and other Macabre
Entertainments of Nineteenth Century Paris' was published in the Morbid Anatomy Anthology in 2014 and he is currently exploring the lesser-known side of French 'avant-garde meets genre cinema' that he has dubbed 'Frenchsploitation'.