More Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights. Of course, this being the internet, those observations were met with caustic rejoinders citing said reviewer's inability to understand the film's satirical intentions, or claims that the disapproving soul simply took it all too seriously. Gildas miraculously restores her to life, and when he brings her to Conomor, the walls of his castle collapse and kill him. I have no idea whether her similar looks factored into her casting, but intentional or not, it's hard not to watch the tempestuous scenes between Tolo and Burton and not think of the legendarily combative relationship Burton and Taylor shared. One afternoon Bluebeard insists that she open the door, so she borrows his key.
He out and out flubs even the most cliché tropes of the genre, such as in a scene where the shock reveal of a character thought to be out of the vicinity is botched entirely by having the camera placed practically across the room from the action. Equally problematic: it's hard to be induced to laugh at the exaggerated, purple performances Dmytryk elicits from his cast when one is not entirely sure: 1 They're in on the joke, 2 They're capable of better. Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition. Karin Schubert as Greta, the patient virgin. The flashback murders themselves are equally meek, with special effects Virna Lisi's beheading that border on the ridiculous. Hi Joel Both you and Mark hit upon a rather recent truth about Raquel Welch. I've watched it many times and adore everyone in it.
Great to hear from you again, mangrove. General Plot no spoilers Baron von Sepper is an Austrian aristocrat noted for his blue-toned beard, and his appetite for beautiful wives. Mark Vanselow I was meant to comment on this in my previous post, so I'll take the opportunity now: I've always found Miss Welch to be quite amusing when called upon in films, but then again, you may well accuse me of bias! It an interesting gothic and is one of his nominated performances as well as his first American film. . Bluebeard is a generous, kind-hearted, wealthy nobleman called Bertrand de Montragoux who marries a succession of grotesque, adulterous, difficult, or simple-minded wives. You'll fill up your Netflix queue after reading Anderson's reappraisals of an eclectic mix of films, including the heretofore unappreciated Ann-Margret vehicle Kitten With a Whip and one of Streisand's lesser musicals, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, which are written with the same zeal as his takes on acknowledged masterpieces such as Robert Altman's sprawling Nashville. Instead, she has chosen to open the door of truth.
And be very, very afraid. Jungian refers to the key as the key of knowing which gives the wife consciousness. Everything from film reviews to Avengers episodes to occasional ruminations on the state of media today. And that is, finally, what you wind up watching. I recall really liking her character when I saw the film--so fiery, so amazing to behold--but of course, leave it to Richard Burton to flog the proud women's rights activist into submission and reveal the whimpering masochist within! Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert.
And I can understand your expressed dismay at how Burton seemed drawn to vehicles below his talent. When she allows her lips to part, ever so slowly, she is making herself seem young and vulnerable. So many actor's careers today are so overdetermined and precious. They are dead, of course. What the hell do you think she does? Other pre-war incarnations include a film that Biller especially likes, Love from a Stranger 1937. It is hard to be objective in these matters.
After all, Bluebeard was only six years after Burton's triumph in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Some European variants of the ballad , 4, closely resemble this tale. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. Doesn't that recipe sound rather foolproof? In 's opera 1866 , the five previous wives are Héloïse, Eléonore, Isaure, Rosalinde and Blanche, with the sixth and final wife being a peasant girl, Boulotte, who finally reveals his secret when he attempts to have her killed so that he can marry Princess Hermia. Honoured as hero by the Austrian public, the Baron's freezer holds a terrible secret that is discovered by his current wife. Perhaps Edward Dmytryk fancied that sort of stuff, I don't. Have you ever seen My Cousin Rachel with Olivia and Burton? It stars , , and. Talented actors slumming can be funny if the film is sharp Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her or sad when it's just a film well beneath them Meryl Streep in She-Devil.
The Extras: There are no extras for Bluebeard. His latest spouse, an American beauty named Anne, discovers a vault in his castle that's filled with the frozen bodies of several beautiful women. Even more interesting is when the. But it was a great age for strange films that could never be made today. For all his protesting about the press perceiving him as selling out his talent, he didn't help matters by being so apathetic about the vehicles he chose. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Plus all that juicy gossip which I didn't know about but could infer from la Tolo's casting, because she was reportedly almost always hot to trot. Dream Project Never to Be: A film of Chekhov's Three Sisters starring Joey Heatherton, Tuesday Weld, and Connie Stevens With that perpetually open mouthed, sex-haze look she falls back on whenever she finds herself at a loss for character motivation, Heatherton can be downright dreadful at times. He also admitted that he was satisfied with his performance in the film, saying that he was able to portray the character as a loser, which was how he intended it to be. Joel, the Ali MacGraw thing is sooo spot on! Or for people to stop worshiping these creaky prestige movies. And can totally imagine that she and Burton mix unexpectedly well. When confronted with this slight oddity, Bluebeard explains to Anne that he found an easier alternative to divorce when he grew bored with his previous wives.