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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.

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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
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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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France

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3 May 1902 (USA) See more »

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Georges Méliès, the wizard of cinema..
24 June 2010 | by alexx668See all my reviews

Arguably, the first bona-fide horror film ever made. The scene where the wife goes to the cellar and finds the hanged bodies of the previous wives is genuinely chilling, and the eerie dream scene is very well done.

There is really no exaggerating of Georges Méliès' importance in the history of cinema, inventor of special effects, an early expressionist before expressionism even officially existed, a wizard creator of magical worlds, a canny surrealist a full two decades before surrealism was even born, a trickster and relentless comedian that knows no bounds: more than an innovator, Méliès is a genius.


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