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Bluebeard (1901)

Barbe-bleue (original title)
A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Director:

Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Cast overview:
Georges Méliès ... Barbe-bleue
Jehanne d'Alcy Jehanne d'Alcy ... Le nouvelle épouse de Barbe-bleue (as Jeanne d'Alcy)
Bleuette Bernon Bleuette Bernon ... La fée
Thomas White Thomas White
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In his adaptation of the grisly French folk tale, the pioneer director, Georges Méliès, divides the story of Cinderella (1899)'s writer, Charles Perrault, into ten scenes, placing it amid a plethora of intricate and sophisticated sets. Having been already seven times a widower, the infamous aristocrat, Bluebeard, prepares for the nuptial ceremony, after buying himself a hesitant wife despite his dark reputation. Following a sumptuous wedding banquet, the wealthy nobleman gives his young wife the castle's grand tour--she is welcome to have the run of the manor, apart from that very specific room which is off limits. But with the key to the forbidden door in her hands, the temptation is insufferable. What could possibly lie within? Written by Nick Riganas

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Decent Version of Bluebeard
12 July 2019 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

It's pretty good version of the Bluebeard story - I wasn't crazy about the ending though - otherwise it's good.

Pretty gruesome when you see the women hanging in the forbidden room she enters into but nothing by today's standards.

Worth watching if like the silent film shorts and the tale of Bluebeard.

8.5/10


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3 May 1902 (USA) See more »

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