Bluebeard (1972 film)
|Directed by||Edward Dmytryk|
|Written by||Ennio De Concini
Charles Perrault (based on story by)
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Jean Ravel|
|Release date(s)||September 1, 1972|
|Running time||125 minutes|
Bluebeard is a 1972 thriller starring Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Joey Heatherton and Sybil Danning, filmed in Budapest and Hungary by Edward Dmytryk and based on the classic story Bluebeard by Charles Perrault about a wealthy aristocrat (Burton) who murders his wives.
Set in Austria in the 1930s, Bluebeard is a World War I pilot with a reputation as a "ladykiller" and a frightening blue tinged beard. Honoured as hero by the Austrian public, the Baron's freezer holds a terrible secret that is discovered by his current wife Joey Heatherton. The film uses extensive flashbacks to show how and why Bluebeard's wives met their grisly fates.
- Richard Burton as Baron von Sepper
- Raquel Welch as Magdalena
- Virna Lisi as Elga
- Joey Heatherton as Anne
- Nathalie Delon as Erika
- Marilù Tolo as Brigitte
- Karin Schubert as Greta
- Agostina Belli as Caroline
- Sybil Danning as the Prostitute
- Jean Lefebvre as Greta's Father
Bluebeard received generally negative reviews and did little for Burton's career. Thanks to a cast featuring eight international beauties, a Playboy pictorial, an insinuating score by Ennio Morricone and a clever ad campaign, Bluebeard was a modest box office success.
A 1944 film titled Bluebeard starred John Carradine.
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