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Barbe-Bleue (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 28 September 1951 (France)
What to do when you are nicknamed Bluebeard and you have lost your your sixth wife? Marry a seventh one of course! This time around, Count de Salfère has chosen young Aline, the innkeeper's... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cécile Aubry ... Aline
Pierre Brasseur ... Le comte Amédée de Salfère dit Barbe-Bleue
Jean Debucourt ... Le Majordome
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Mathieu Les Grands Pieds
Jacques Sernas ... Giglio
Reggie Nalder ... Le capitaine des gardes
Ina Halley Ina Halley ... Anne
Henri Rollan ... Le comte d'Etioles
Denise Cormand Denise Cormand ... Valentine d'Etioles
Carl Wery Carl Wery
Georges Chamarat Georges Chamarat ... Le chapelain
Elly Claus Elly Claus ... Cunégonde von Kronberg Meinsnichtgonfried (as Elly Norden)
Diane Lefort Diane Lefort ... Lucrezia
Espanita Cortez Espanita Cortez ... Carmen Esmeralda Dulcinée de la Yotta
Célina Cély Célina Cély ... Anny Fling (as Geneviève Gérald)


What to do when you are nicknamed Bluebeard and you have lost your your sixth wife? Marry a seventh one of course! This time around, Count de Salfère has chosen young Aline, the innkeeper's daughter. So much the worse if the belle already has a lover in the person of Giglio, little does it matter that the villagers accuse Bluebeard of having murdered his former wives, the proud papa says yes to the count. The wedding takes place with all the pomp and circumstance expected by all but the wedding night is less impressive as "Bluebeard" falls asleep, failing to honor his young wife. And just guess what the blushing bride does the next morning? She of course goes to the secret room to know everything about the secret beyond the door. But what she sees once the door is opened with the mysterious golden key has nothing to do with the legend... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

28 September 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Favorita do Barba Azul See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Production Co:

Alcina,Como Film,Union-Film See more »
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Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Finnish censorship certificate # 037671. See more »


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Bluebeard in Gévacolor
16 June 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Gévacolor was a new treatment of the color: unfortunately now,the colors have faded and the pictures are rather ugly.

Bluebeard (la Barbe Bleue) was a fairytale by Charles Perrault -who appears in the film- which was published during the Sun King 's reign.It may have been inspired by Joan of Arc's companion Gilles de Rais -who did not kill women but children .This sinister person's castle is still called "Château de Barbe -Bleue " today.Unlike "Cinderella " ("Cendrillon" ) or "Donkey Skin" ("Peau d'Ane"),"La Barbe-Bleue " was actually hardly a fairy tale: in several respects,it is a thriller, nay a horror tale ;only the key -present in the movie - is a fairy.There are hints at "Barbe Bleue" in some thrillers of the forties and the fifties,Fritz Lang's "Secret beyond the door " being the most prominent example .

Unlike Jean Cocteau (Beauty and the Beast) and Jacques Demy (Donkey Skin) Christian-Jaque's attempt at a classic is a failure.However the choice of his two leads was excellent:Pierre Brasseur was ideally cast as the Ogre whereas Cecile Aubry -discovered by HG Clouzot in "Manon" (1949)- was the perfect "Femme-Enfant" .But both overplay and are almost unbearable .

It's not a movie for children -it's not sure that the tale was as well- and it does not really appeal to adults either.I do not want to write a spoiler but there is a very big difference between Perrault's story and the screenplay.Although sister Anne is here and the heroine asks her the famous question "Ann,My Sister Ann,can't you see anything coming?",the film lacks finesse,magic,everything that made "la Belle et la Bête " the masterpiece of the genre.

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