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Bluebeard (1963)

Landru (original title)
Follows a family-man who meets women through lonely hearts ads.


Claude Chabrol


Françoise Sagan (scenario), Françoise Sagan (dialogue)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Morgan ... Célestine Buisson
Danielle Darrieux ... Berthe Heon
Hildegard Knef ... Mme X. / Madame Ixe (as Hildegarde Neff)
Juliette Mayniel ... Anna, Marie, Angèle Colomb
Stéphane Audran ... Fernande Segret
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Andrée Babelet
Françoise Lugagne Françoise Lugagne ... Catherine Landru
Mary Marquet ... Madame Guillin
Denise Provence Denise Provence ... Madame Laporte
Serge Bento Serge Bento ... Maurice Landru
Claude Mansard Claude Mansard ... Maître de Moro Gafferi, Landru's defence attorney
Robert Burnier Robert Burnier ... Le président / Presiding judge
Mario David ... Le procureur / Prosecutor
Jean-Louis Maury Jean-Louis Maury ... Comissaire Belin
Diane Lepvrier Diane Lepvrier ... Suzanne Landru, Landru's Daughter


France, WWI. Landru, the father of four children, contacts Parisian women through newspaper ads, seduces and eventually kills them. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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His women always meet their match! See more »


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Release Date:

25 January 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bluebeard See more »

Filming Locations:

Gambais, Yvelines, France See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Having made a considerable amount of money with her story as Landru's last fiancée, the real Fernande Segret (Audran's character) went to Lebanon, where she worked as a teacher for the next forty years. On returning to France in 1965 she was outraged to discover that, assuming she was dead, the production company of this film had made no attempt to obtain permission to portray her in a film, not least using her real name. She won the resulting court case, a landmark case for French cinema. Segret died on January 21 1968 at Flers (Orne region), with pictures of her mother and Landru (whom she had maintained was innocent) by her bedside. See more »


Madame Vidal: How could I possibly have foretold what happened to her , your honor ?
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Version of Monsieur Verdoux (1947) See more »


Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
from "Samson et Dalila"
Words by Ferdinand Lemaire
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
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A good movie.
6 May 2019 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

Claude Chabrol was a very good and very prolific French film director. He worked uninterruptedly between 1958 and 2010, sometimes also producing three feature films per year. Named "The French Hitchcock," he had in my opinion his own unmistakable style. Charles Denner was an excellent French actor who made memorable roles in some of the best French films of all time, working with the greatest directors, Truffaut, Lelouch, Marcel Carné, Costa-Gavras. One of my favorite films of all time is "The Man Who Loved Women" (1977) L'homme qui aimait les femmes (original title). In this "Landru" Denner does also an extraordinary role. Along with him, many great names of the French cinema, Stéphane Audran, Michèle Morgan, Danielle Darrieux, etc. Jean-Pierre Melville, the great director, makes a small excellent role. Mario David, who usually makes in most of the movies the slapstick idiot, here he makes a very good and subtle Prosecuter. Very funny scene when, waiting in front of the door to arrest Landru, one of the policemen says, "He sings out of tune!" Do not go to Gambais, Yvelines, France, Landru may still be active, you can never know with the French...

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