Bluebeard (1944)

In this haunting feature from director Edgar G. Ulmer, a 19th-century Parisian marionette master cannot seem to control his urges to strangle women after he paints their portraits.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 11, 1944
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Edgar G. Ulmer somehow managed to transform the absurd limitations of the scripts, budgets, and actors he was given to work with into a mad aesthetic principle.

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TV Guide

Bluebeard is one of director Edgar G. Ulmer's best works and contains one of John Carradine's greatest performances.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's prolific actor John Carradine's first starring role in a horror film and his own favorite performance.

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Chris Wicking
Time Out

Ulmer (Murnau's one time art director and assistant) is the most subterranean of all directors, and here turns out a triumph of mind, eye and talent.

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Fernando F. Croce

A breathtakingly self-reflexive portrait

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Interessante versão da história de Barba-Azul, desta vez com um Carradine atipicamente contido e, conseqüentemente, muito eficaz.

Allen Eyles
Radio Times

This is a small miracle of polished film-making.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Ulmer's third masterpiece, after The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945); it's one of his few films that overcame its wretched budget.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Dream-like film mixing opera, crime and puppets in 19th Century Paris.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A painter/puppeteer kills his models in 19th century Paris. A dusty and lifeless serial killer relic; when John Carradine is acting (rather than over-acting)… More
Byron Brubaker
Edgar G. Ulmer may be considered a bit of a genius when it came to making bottom-of-the-bucket budget films for the studio PRC, but he simply can't raise… More
Aj V
An okay adaptation of the story of Bluebeard, not great, but not bad either.
Morgan Salem
it was pretty good but it lost the star because A) the lady is just a a-whole and cants just love the guy like he loves her wich i thought was crapppy of her… More