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Bluebeard (1963)

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

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Françoise Sagan (scenario), Françoise Sagan (dialogue)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The box office failure of Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), The Third Lover (1962), and Ophélia (1963), followed by the huge failure of Bluebeard (1963), made it impossible for Claude Chabrol to find financial backing from producers for the films he wanted to make, forcing him to make more commercial films like Code Name: Tiger (1964) in order to keep directing. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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La Marseillaise
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Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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A favourite of Stanley Kauffmann's...
27 December 2018 | by axpalmSee all my reviews

Kauffmann was a distinguished critic and one I read avidly over many years. He loved this film. Out of respect for him I was curious to see it and now, I'm sorry to say, have and feel disappointed.

For one, very disappointed in Jean Rabier's flat colours - too pale orange and boring browns. The film looks like a mediocre Hollywood musical. Which is doubly sad because the costumes are spot on. One would think that with Claude Chabrol at the helm, the Belle Epoque would have been conveyed so well.

Charles Denner is a bit stiff, mannequin-like in the lead role but still impressive due to his intensity and voice. His voice, like so many first-rate French actors, is his best instrument - deep, rich, wonderful to hear. Less stiffness in body movements would have rounded out a first-class performance.

The women are wonderful - Danielle Darreaux, Michele Morgan, Catherine Rouvel, etc. Luminous and moving, even under the flat colours.

There are occasional Chabrol pleasures to be had now and then - the opening shot of Denner's head at the family dinner table followed by the WW1 newsreel, his time in bed with his lover and his walks with the other women were impressive and promised much but alas, the work felt repetitive, even predictable and never did come together for me. It felt more like a teasing theatrical matinee play than a gripping film about a notorious serial killer, caught between the beauties and horrors of his age.


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