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

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1 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Burton ... Kurt Von Sepper

Raquel Welch ... The nun

Virna Lisi ... The singer
Nathalie Delon ... Erika
Marilù Tolo ... Brigitt
Karin Schubert ... Greta
Agostina Belli ... Caroline

Sybil Danning ... The prostitute

Joey Heatherton ... 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)
Thomas Fischer ... Von Sepper's Friend
Peter Martin Urtel ... Von Sepper's Friend (as Martin Urtel)
Mag-Avril ... Marka (as Mag Avril)
Sándor Szabó ... The doctor (as Sandor Szabo)
Dennis Burgess ... The coroner
Mathieu Carrière ... The violinist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Annie Ross ... Dubbing (voice)
Eleonora Mauro ... (uncredited)
Maia Newley ... Child (uncredited)
Cristina Perra ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
Luciano Sacripanti 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ennio De Concini 
Edward Dmytryk 
Maria Pia Fusco 

Produced by
Velisar Kresteff .... associate producer
Remo Odevaine .... associate producer
Ilya Salkind .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Maria Pia Fusco (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány  (as Gabor Pogany)
 
Film Editing by
Jean Ravel 
 
Art Direction by
Tamás Vayer  (as Tomas Vayer)
 
Set Decoration by
Boldizsár Simonka 
 
Costume Design by
Jacques Fonteray 
Vicki Tiel 
Mia Fonssagrives (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Daniel Carillo .... production supervisor (as Daniel Carrillo)
Ludmilla Goulian .... production manager
Dezsö Jutasi .... production manager (as Deszo Jutasi)
Marc Maurette .... production manager
Pierre Spengler .... executive in charge of production
Wolfgang von Schiber .... production supervisor (as Wolfang von Schiber)
András Ozorai .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Dion .... assistant director (as Jean Francois Dion)
Zsolt Szabó .... assistant director (as Szolt Szabo)
István Bucsi .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gyula Kormos .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
András Földes .... second assistant decorator
Tibor Nell .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Franco Bassi .... sound mixer
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Norman B. Schwartz .... sound editor (as Norman Schwartz)
 
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Malaisy .... still photographer
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Franco Tamponi .... musical director
 
Other crew
Alexander Salkind .... presenter
 

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USA:125 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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The speaking voices of almost all the European actresses in the film were re-voiced by Annie Ross of the famous jazz vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.See more »
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Referenced in The Colonel's Bequest (1989) (VG)See more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Unholy matrimony, 24 April 2007
Author: Juha Hämäläinen from Finland

Richard Burton with his impressive skill and unforgettable voice surely did many more demanding and better roles than Baron Bluebeard. As limited as the role for him may have been, he really seems to make it his own and it's hard to imagine anyone else of his stature at the time quite reach the same result. Maybe Marlon Brando could have been as good or better. As charming, as vulnerable, as ruthless, as big a star and all at the same. I don't know about the box office, but actor and story wise the producer made a good deal.

Poor Richard must have had some hard time with the actresses. All wives the most beautiful actresses around and not too shy. It's a bit shame that the repeating formula in baron's life and in the movie requires to get rid of them so quickly and mostly misses their acting skills leaving only Joey Heatherton linger around longer. Some of these actresses could have even filled in the main role better.

Bluebeard is an old fairy tale and a very cruel one as the original old tales used to be. So, this is a fairy tale for adults. The feeling is increased more by the fabulous castle, imaginative deaths and so forth. But placing the time of the story in the era of Nazi regime (though the marks and symbols used in the film are not genuine) gives it also another dimension. By taking on new wives to only to destroy them because of his own incompetence and false pride Bluebeard can be seen as a symbol of certain powers and what they have done (or are doing) to other countries and people. I'm not sure if the filmmakers really meant it that way, but that's how I see some of it.

If this film is mostly forgotten now, I think it's unjustly so and deserves new viewings. What it might miss in horror or suspense, it wins at least in wickedly dark humor and some tasty acting.

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