Bluebeard (1972) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
movie has very little to do with any of the other Bluebeard movies and
legends. It is about a guy who kills a bunch of wives, but it's
basically a Dr Phibes movie, except that Dr Phibes is named Bluebeard,
and is played by bellowing, scenery-chewing Richard Burton instead of
whispering, scenery-chewing Vincent Price. Burton kills his wives one
at a time, in different ways, because they somehow offend his moral
code. There is some kind of bizarre subtext in that Burton is a
pseudo-Nazi Luftwaffe hero who preserves his mother's corpse ala
Norman Bates, but none of that is really interesting.
Come to think of it, the rest of the movie isn't much interesting either. The premise is silly, the execution sillier still. BUT ...
|the film has some very
The sets are beautifully designed and photographed
the DVD transfer is gorgeous.
The women are luscious.
There is a lot of nudity.
|The director is Edward
Dmytryk. Yes, he's the same guy who directed The Caine Mutiny and
Raintree County, and was one of the Hollywood greats blacklisted in
the 50's witch hunts. Heaven only knows what he's doing with this
stinker, but he sure brought a lavish look to it. Each of the rooms of
Burton's castle has a different dominant color and a different theme
decor. Although the colors are more saturated, and Dmytryk prefers
bright primary colors to subtle shades, it reminded me a lot of the
color schemes that Kubrick used in Eyes Wide Shut, or that Peter
Greenaway used in "The Cook the Thief ....", especially when
the door of one room would be open to another room and the basic color
scheme would be interrupted by the other room's palette.
By the way, I think all the wives except Raquel Welch and Virna Lisi (drat the luck on Raquel!!) got naked before they were killed.
You see, Burton kills women when they try to seduce him, because that defiles the purity of womankind, or some crap like that. One of them manages to stay married to him for two years because they never have sex, but when she demands her conjugal rights, Burton has to dispose of her. In addition to his wives, he also kills Sybil Danning because she is a prostitute who seduces one of his wives. (The wife asks for love-lessons, thinking that it is her fault that Burton won't sleep with her)
|Summary: forget about what goes on, or the caliber of the performers. It's high camp all they way, and the movie would be about one star based just on acting, action, and plot. But you should see this movie just for the beauty of the women and the beauty of the sets in which they are photographed. It looks spectacular.|
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