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Bluebeard (1936)

Barbe Bleue (original title)
Perrault's fairy tale presented in claymation with choral voices. Bluebeard goes courting, all six of his wives having died. He arrives at the house of a widow with two daughters. He's ... See full summary »

Directors:

René Bertrand, Jean Painlevé (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Perrault (fairy tale)
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Perrault's fairy tale presented in claymation with choral voices. Bluebeard goes courting, all six of his wives having died. He arrives at the house of a widow with two daughters. He's greatly feared, but he overcomes objections with a generous dowry. One sister (Anne) refuses him; the other accepts. At his castle, the damsel delights in precious minutes away from Bluebeard in the rose garden. The Saracens declare war; Bluebeard goes off to fight them, leaving the keys to the castle in the damsel's hands. He warns her not to enter the forbidden room. As war rages, she discovers riches in the castle and then enters the forbidden room. Will Bluebeard discover her act? Can she escape death? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Animation | Short

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What a Hideous Moustache!
31 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

If you're familiar with Jean Painlevé's scientific shorts, like THE OCTOPUS, you're aware he has a weird sense of humor. Here he applies it to the grim and bloody fairy tale of Bluebeard, using Maurice Jaubert's oratorio and some not especially child-friendly claymation thanks to his friend Rene Bertrand and his three children.

I think -- think -- Bertrand was an engineer who worked on sound systems as early as 1914, but I can't find much more than that about him. certainly the name is not unusual-sounding, and attempts to Google it don't turn up much information. However, a reference to a "The French electrical engineer, mechanic and doll modeller" by that name in 1927 certainly matches the skill set here.

The claymation is as elaborate, if more so, than anything that George Pal was doing at this point, and very funny in a mordant way.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 December 1936 (France) See more »

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Mono

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Color (Gasparcolor)

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1.37 : 1
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