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Bluebeard (1972)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 September 1972 (USA)
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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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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
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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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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

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1 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Barba Azul  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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A movie to like more for what it could have been than for what it is.
10 July 2000 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

This film has a lot of neat ideas, some beautiful women, and Burton as world-weary Baron with a campy, phony, middle-European accent. The script is clever and the sets are lavish, with Bluebeard's estate evoking E. A. Poe's Prince Prospero's: a different color dominating each separate room.

Only Dmytryk fails as a director. The material frankly begs for someone like a Roger Vadim or even Roger Corman. BLUEBEARD should have been more fun, more intelligent than the Vincent Price movies of the time (such as THEATRE OF BLOOD) or even those of Roger Vadim (such as PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW), and yet it isn't. The script demands macabre humor and erotica, and Dmytryk couldn't deliver either, even in his heyday (and this film was made at the end of his slow, sad artistic decline).

However, I personally enjoy this movie more for what it could have been than what it is. Unlike Chaplin's MONSUIER VERDOUX, and other "Bluebeard" movies directed by various people (from Edgar G. Ulmer to Claude Chabral) this is one film not inspired by the true story of Landru. It much more hearkens back to the original Perrault fairytale, only done in the modern times with Burton's Bluebeard as a proto-Nazi. It's not a bad idea for a film, but someone more hip, with more energy, was needed to pull it off.


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