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Before I go any further, let me say that this film is overdone, campy, and sometimes, well, bad.
But that is what makes it fun.
The various ways that Bluebeard got rid of his other wives is absolutely hilarious. Virna Lisi, Nathalie Delon (along with her lesbian lover Sybil Danning), Raquel Welch, Marilu' Tolo, and Agostina Belli all die in some very interesting and campy ways. This is fiendishly fun black comedy at it's over the top best.
The color on this copy is gorgeous and rich, and the musical score is perfect for this macabre mischief.
If you like campy black comedy, check it out!
This movie is a great example of the awsome weirdness coming out of cinema in the 70's and reminds me of the type of genre defying pictures that Tim Burton would become famous for years later.
What makes "Bluebeard" a disappointment for me is the story, or rather, the story structure. It starts with Burton marrying a girl, who's then killed in a hunting "accident". He then marries American night club dancer Joey Heatherton. It's not long before Heatherton finds a number of Burton's ex-wives in a freezing room in his castle. Burton tells her since she knows his secret he'll have to kill her too, and proceeds to tell about his previous wives and how he killed them. These are told in flashbacks and while there are some good scenes, it's very slow paced and it's not long before it starts to get pretty dull to watch. I think the movie could have been pretty good if they'd trimmed it down about 20 minutes or so. I also wish the filmmakers could have decided what type of movie they wanted to make. Apart from drama "Bluebeard" has elements of horror, thriller and comedy, but it doesn't really succed as any of it.
Burton sleepwalks through this silly film with a cheap, stick-on goatee. As always, he overacts to a ridiculous degree and one eternally wonders why his directors never took him aside and said, "Richard, you don't need to scream every single line." Alas, Burton is magnificently dreadful here, his attempts at lovemaking become bombastically embarrassing to watch, his few, brief attempts at some decent acting are wickedly futile. One real-life moment to ponder: following one love scene with one of the no-name Italian starlets, the director yelled, "cut!" but Burton and the starlet continued kissing and then walked off the set to Burton's waiting limousine. Hmmm, where was Liz?
This is a great movie to enjoy with a few beers and a readiness to make fun of every scene and hurl collective invective against Richard Burton. If you are up to the challenge, then "Bluebeard" is your movie.
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