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Bluebeard's Castle (Herzog Blaubarts Burg) (1963) Michael Powell
Bluebeard's Castle (Herzog Blaubarts Burg) (1963) Michael Powell


 
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This is a region-free DVD-R without case or artwork.

In German with English subtitles. This is a VHS transfer.

Peerless British filmmaker Michael Powell found his career in tatters after directing the still-controversial crime thriller Peeping Tom (1960). Bluebeard's Castle, Powell's first film in four years, constituted an cinematization of the 1911 opera Bluebeard's Castle, by Bela Bartok, about the nefarious exploits of the 19th century Parisian murderer (here played by Norman Foster) who woos his female victims, then dispatches them. Because the British industry was, for all intents and purposes, still blacklisting Powell in 1964, he had to travel to Germany to make this one. Legal issues kept Bluebeard's Castle out of circulation for decades.

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Bluebeard's castle February 14, 2016
Reviewer: Carol Sandström from Skärholmen, Stockholm Sweden  
For those who like Powell this obscurity is of course a must. Good picture quality.

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Excellent Production of a Too-Little-Staged Opera March 11, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from New York, NY United States  
This is "required viewing" for all lovers of Michael Powell and Bela Bartok. But for "destination" DVDs like this one, a personal review is almost pointless--since there can hardly be potential customers who're just browsing for something along these lines!

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Symbolist February 28, 2015
Reviewer: Harvey Clark Greisman from Wilmington, DE United States  
Good opera film, as opposed to filmed opera, is a rarity. The stagecraft for Bartok's
symbolist quickie is pure 'sixties, and it works. The performances are restrained and declamatory, just like they should be.

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