6.6/10
646
3 user 4 critic

Bluebeard (1963)

Landru (original title)
Follows a family-man who meets women through lonely hearts ads.

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

André Mercier, a journalist known as Albin Mercier, is a failed, embittered writer. Sent to cover an event in Germany, he gets to know Andreas Hartmann, another writer who, for his part, ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jacques Charrier, Stéphane Audran, Walther Reyer
Certificate: GP Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter to get close to an actress who was in the death car. He feels fully prepared to ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, Jean Yanne
Leda (1959)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wealthy wine grower has trouble with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his mistress across the way, who is murdered.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Madeleine Robinson, Antonella Lualdi, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Ophélia (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Alida Valli, Claude Cerval, André Jocelyn
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Stéphane Audran
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Celia, Marina Ninchi, Michel Bouquet
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A champagne tycoon's (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner's gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he's been framed for.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Maurice Ronet, Yvonne Furneaux
Le beau Serge (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much, but the people have, especially his old friend Serge who has ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michèle Méritz
Le Boucher (1970)
Certificate: GP Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Roland, an idler living on the Left Bank in Paris, is determined to inflict a terrible revenge on his friend Arthur, after the latter subjected him to a harmless joke. He engages the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont, Jean Tissier
Certificate: M Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When US radar installations in Greece are jammed and an undercover NATO security man is killed, suspicion falls on his widow, who sets out to find the real culprits and prove herself ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jean Seberg, Maurice Ronet, Christian Marquand
Blue Panther (1965)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Marie-Chantal travels by train to her cousin's place to spend a winter holiday, when a stranger - apparently a fugitive from someone aboard - entrusts her with a jewel in the shape of a ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Marie Laforêt, Francisco Rabal, Serge Reggiani
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Célestine Buisson
...
Berthe Heon
...
Mme X. / Madame Ixe (as Hildegarde Neff)
...
Anna, Marie, Angèle Colomb
...
Catherine Rouvel ...
Andrée Babelet
Françoise Lugagne ...
Mary Marquet ...
Madame Guillin
Denise Provence ...
Madame Laporte
Serge Bento ...
Claude Mansard ...
Robert Burnier ...
Le président / Presiding judge
...
Le procureur / Prosecutor
Jean-Louis Maury ...
Comissaire Belin
Diane Lepvrier ...
Suzanne Landru, Landru's Daughter
Edit

Storyline

France, WWI. Landru, the father of four children, contacts Parisian women through newspaper ads, seduces and eventually kills them. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Most Shocking Scandal Paris Ever Saw...! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 January 1963 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bluebeard  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Sound System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During the shooting of the movie, producer Carlo Ponti was so appalled by Stéphane Audran's performance that he asked 'who's that slut who's playing Fernande?' Director Claude Chabrol (who was already engaged to Audran) slapped Ponti in the face and screamed 'that's my woman!' The director and the actress married one year later. See more »

Quotes

Madame Vidal: How could I possibly have foretold what happened to her , your honor ?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Voyage à travers le cinéma français (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op.325
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
True to the facts but dull
30 October 2004 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

Faithful - but uninspired - account of the notorious Landru case, which swept over post WWWI France.

The film follows the facts closely, from Henri Désiré Landru's "family life", seductions and murders to his trial and execution. Well if your objective was to get the main details of a famous serial murder case you will be satisfied. However a film lover could have expected something more fiery, more intense, more unsettling from Claude Chabrol than just that.

To tell the truth there is more to this movie than...just that. Indeed there are good production values, fine colours, slightly stylized settings and a stellar cast. Nevertheless, I couldn't help stifling a yawn now and then.

Why so? Maybe because such great ladies as Danielle Darrieux, Michèle Morgan, Mary Marquet, or Hildegard Knef are given almost nothing to do.Only Stéphane Audran stands out in the part of Landru's naïve young mistress, Fernande.

Charles Denner, on the other hand, oddly directed by Chabrol, is a physical lookalike of the "sieur de Gambais" but fails to deliver both charm and terror.

It looks as though Claude Chabrol ,who is so at ease with what I would call "domestic" monsters ( Jean Yanne in "Le Boucher" and "Que la Bête meure", Michel Bouquet in "La Femme infidèle" and several others )was petrified by his cold-hearted, cynical monster, with absolutely no redeeming features. He did not manage to bring life to his character.

Landru, too monstrous a monster , even for Chabrol ?


17 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?