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The Dreams of Henri Rousseau

Late afternoon in the greenhouse of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. A curious visitor stays behind after the gardens close. But the place is haunted by the ghost of Henri Rousseau and the spectator tumbles suddenly into a dream peopled by the characters, animals and plants imagined by Henri Rousseau.

Rousseau thrilled the art world with his naive and almost psychedelic visions of exotic jungles. The artist, who never left Paris, drew his inspiration from the city’s botanical gardens. Experience a magical night in a tropical greenhouse brought to life by the painter’s visions. Once the last visitors have left, the greenhouse reveals its secrets with the gradual emergence of a dream-like world of fantastic plants and imaginary animals.

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Technical Info & Short Credits

7 minutes
Based on the painting : "The Dream"
Henri Rousseau knows as Le Douanier
Written and Directed by
Nicolas Autheman
Original Music
Fabien Bourdier
ARTE France - Les Films du Tambour de Soie


Henri Rousseau
Paul Mark Elliot