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53° BFI London Film Festival, 14-29 October 2009 - 59° Berlin Festival

Barbe bleue

2009, regia di Catherine Breillat


Scheda: Nazione: Francia - Produzione: Flach Film, CB Films, Arte France - Distribuzione: New Wave Films, Strand Releasing, Arte - Soggetto: dall'omonima fiaba di Charles Perrault - Sceneggiatura: Catherine Breillat - Fotografia: Vilko Filac - Montaggio: Pascale Chavance - Scenografia: Olivier Jacquet - Costumi: Rose-Marie Melka - Effetti speciali: Guillaume Bauer, Mathieu Jurgenson, François Willenz - Formato: Color - Durata: 80'.

Cast: Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton, Daphné Baïwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites. Lola Giovannetti, Laure Lapeyre, Luc Bailly, Farida Khelfa, Isabelle Lapouge, Adrien Ledoux, Jacques Triau, Suzanne Foulquier.





Trama e commenti: - «Barbablù è un cinquantenne donnaiolo che predilige giovani modelle. Tra queste vi è Catherine, che ama spaventare a morte la sorella Marie-Anne leggendogli la favola di Barbablù. Entrando a far parte della fiaba, Catherine diventa la Principessa Marie-Catherine, l'ultima donna di Barbablù, colei che, a differenza delle precedenti mogli si salverà a causa della sua virginale virtù».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - - - - - «Despite its unusually muted, indeed implicit, sexual content, Catherine Breillat's low-budget fairy tale bears the unmistakable stamp of French cinema's leading provocatrice. Set in a bygone-age France, this elegant Freudian fable begins with two girls, Marie-Catherine (Lola Creton) and reportedly 'bad seed' younger sister Anne (Daphné Baïwir), being sent home from convent school when their father dies. With their family facing poverty, defiant Anne marries a much feared local seigneur, the hefty, hirsute Bluebeard (Thomas) and proves an unflappable match for him. In a present-day parallel strand, the Charles Perrault tale of Bluebeard is read by another pair of siblings, Marie-Anne and Catherine, who give the story their own comic gloss. Using a lively and much younger female cast than usual, Breillat offers a pointed commentary on girlhood, its dreams and rebellious impulses. Mounted with a stylised spareness recalling French mediaeval dramas by the likes of Jacques Rivette and Walerian Borowczyk, Bluebeard is a sly, somewhat Buñuelian essay that will appeal not just to Breillat devotees but also to lovers of the dark side of fairy tale – and, incidentally, to readers of Angela Carter, who made the Bluebeard story her own in the collection The Bloody Chamber» (Jonathan Romney).

Approfondimenti: Movie Review


Conosciuto anche con i titoli: Bluebeard; Blaubart; Barba Azul.



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