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Bluebeard (1972)

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A World War I pilot whom everybody envies as a "ladykiller" actually is one - after he beds the women he's after, he murders them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kurt Von Sepper
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The singer
Nathalie Delon ...
Erika
Marilù Tolo ...
Brigitt
Karin Schubert ...
Greta
Agostina Belli ...
Caroline
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The prostitute
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Anne
Edward Meeks ...
Sergio
Doka Bukova ...
Rosa
Jean Lefebvre ...
Greta's Father
Erica Schramm ...
Greta's Mother
Karl-Otto Alberty ...
Von Sepper's Friend (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Kurt Großkurth ...
Von Sepper's Friend (as Kurt Grosskurth)
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Storyline

Baron von Sepper is an Austrian aristocrat noted for his blue-toned beard, and his appetite for beautiful wives. His latest spouse, an American beauty named Anne, discovers a vault in his castle that's filled with the frozen bodies of several beautiful women. When confronted with this slight oddity, Bluebeard explains to Anne that he found an easier alternative to divorce when he grew bored with his previous wives. In order to avoid being Bluebeard's next frozen bride, Anne must find a way to outwit her murderous hubby. Written by Leo Urbina

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He had a WAY with the world's most beautiful, most seductive, most glamorous women ...he did AWAY with them. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Release Date:

1 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barba Azul  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The various Nazi uniforms in this picture are inaccurate - the colors are wrong and even the swastika has turned into a strangely shaped cross. This may have been for legal reasons, because in Germany the use of Nazi emblems is strictly regulated. See more »

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Referenced in The Colonel's Bequest (1989) See more »

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24 July 2007 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This film has been overlooked since it came out. It clearly isn't a masterpiece, but it has a great deal to offer to people with sense of humor. Burton is a little stiff as Bluebeard, but somehow this contributes to the strangeness of his character, making it creepy enough. Cinematography is top-notch, with lavish sets and wonderful art direction. The music score by maestro Morricone is fantastic, it gives us the real tone of the film, sometimes funny, sometimes odd, sometimes creepy... As I have read somewhere, the main problem with this movie is the fact that the director seems unease with the material, he constantly hesitates between farce, horror, satire, political allegory, eroticism... Maybe this is the reason why it is considered today as a cult film. It certainly gives the film an unique style! And what about the cast of Bluebeard's seven wives? This was probably the film's main achievement: what a fantastic parade of beauties! Impressive as it is, I can't help noticing some facts: Virna Lisi steals the show as a funny and weird character that cannot stop singing! Karin Schubert is the most beautiful of all them. Joey Heatherton seems at first out of place, her 60's looks at odds with the general setting of the film, but at the end her character works quite well. Raquel Welch gives the worst performance of the film: she isn't funny at all and proves what a bad actress she is!!! Agostina Belli is young and pretty... but a little bland (her character is not very interesting). Nathalie Delon is classy and mysterious, but she needed more screen time! Marilu Tolo gives another over-the-top performance, she has some of the best moments in the film.


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