Barbe-Bleue

Film

Main Details
Premiere Date 1938
Countries
Alternative Titles
  • Bluebeard (English)
  • Синяя Борода (Russian)
Category Short Film
Genres
Credits
Director Jean Painlevé
Writer (Novel) Charles Perrault
Notes 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?

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