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The Blue Bird (1918)

Not Rated | | Fantasy | 31 March 1918 (USA)
Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Writers:

Maurice Maeterlinck (play), Charles Maigne (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tula Belle Tula Belle ... Mytyl
Robin Macdougall Robin Macdougall ... Tyltyl
Edwin E. Reed Edwin E. Reed ... Daddy Tyl
Emma Lowry Emma Lowry ... Mummy Tyl
William J. Gross ... Grandpa Gaffer Tyl
Florence Anderson Florence Anderson ... Granny Tyl
Edward Elkas ... Widow Berlingot
Katherine Bianchi Katherine Bianchi ... Widow Berlingot's Daughter
Lillian Cook Lillian Cook ... Fairy Berylune
Gertrude McCoy ... Light
Lyn Donelson Lyn Donelson ... Night
Charles Ascot Charles Ascot ... Dog
Tom Corless Tom Corless ... Cat
Mary Kennedy Mary Kennedy ... Water
Eleanor Masters Eleanor Masters ... Milk
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Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the diamond, the children become aware of and conversant with the souls of a Dog and Cat, as well as of Fire, Water, Bread, Light, and other presumably inanimate things. The troupe thus sets off to find the elusive Blue Bird of Happiness. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Blue Bird"--aka "L'Oiseau Bleu"--by Maurice Maeterlinck opened at the New Theatre (followed by the Majestic Theater) on October 1, 1910, and closed on January 21, 1911. Revivals were produced in 1911 and 1924. See more »

Quotes

Tyltyl: We are in a great hurry. Do you happen to have the Bluebird?
Luxury-of-Being-Rich: Bluebird?... We have Turkey, Ortolan, Roc's eggs, Nightingale's tongues... No, I'm afraid not. Is he very delicious?
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Version of The Blue Bird (1940) See more »

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Never Really Gels Together
19 July 2016 | by OtobokeSee all my reviews

The Blue Bird, an American silent fantasy film based on a play of the same name by Maurice Maeterlinck, in many ways can and will be compared to the much more renowned and known 1939 classic Wizard of Oz. From animals given the forms of humans, to the whimsical, otherworldly sets and surreal, almost poetic narrative, the film certainly doesn't lack imagination. However, while this at times can work to the film's benefit, Maurice Tourneur at times seems to get a little carried away with his imagery and forgets to keep the story moving along. There's an extended stretch somewhere between the half- way point and final five minutes where the film indulges in its sense of whimsy and fantasy to the detriment of the story's central plot line. Sure, it's more of a moralistic play than an A-to-B-to-C kind of story, I can see that clearly and Tourneur certainly plays to his strengths as an artist first. What lets the work down though is that the end result resembles a half-baked pastiche of ideas and themes rather than single, always-moving, cohesive film. This is where the resemblance to the 1939 classic stops. It may be as visually impressive (for its much earlier time), but what is lacks is a gripping and compelling story. It's fine, sure, but at the same time lacks any real punch or lasting, memorable moments.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pájaro azul See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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