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"The most sinister love story ever told!"
  • G
  • 1944
  • 1 hr 12 min
  • 5.9  (2,109)

Bluebeard is a 1944 film noir directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring John Carradine, Jean Parker, and Nils Asther. The film follows the story of Gaston Morel (Carradine), a renowned painter who goes by the name of 'Bluebeard' due to his predilection for marrying and subsequently murdering his wives. However, things take an unexpected turn when he meets his latest love interest, Lucille (Parker), who proves to be more than a match for his murderous tendencies.

Set in 19th century Paris, the film opens with Gaston Morel being pursued by the police for a series of gruesome murders. The scene then shifts back a few years, to when Morel was a struggling artist trying to make a name for himself in the city's vibrant artistic scene. His paintings are well received, but he is plagued by financial troubles and the lack of a patron. Salvation comes in the form of a wealthy art collector, Henri de Lorraine (Asther), who takes him under his wing and introduces him to the high society of Paris.

Morel soon becomes the darling of the upper echelons of society, but his love life is a different story altogether. He marries a string of women, all of whom he eventually murders by painting them in the guise of one of his previous wives before strangling them. However, Morel's latest love interest, Lucille, is made of sterner stuff. Not only does she refuse to become just another notch on Morel's bedpost, but she is also a budding detective, determined to get to the bottom of the murders that have been plaguing the city.

As Lucille becomes more involved in Morel's life, she begins to uncover clues about his murderous past. However, even as she grows increasingly suspicious of him, she cannot deny her growing affection for the enigmatic painter. Morel, for his part, is also smitten with Lucille, but his dark desires threaten to overpower him, and he becomes increasingly desperate to keep his secret safe.

The film builds tension steadily as the shadow of Morel's crimes loom larger and larger. The cinematography is sharp and atmospheric, evoking the seedier side of Parisian life. John Carradine is masterful in his portrayal of Morel, imbuing the character with a hint of madness and a potent mix of charm and menace. Jean Parker is equally impressive as Lucille, her steely determination and intelligence making her a match for Morel's sinister intentions.

One of the strengths of the film is its exploration of the motivations behind Morel's actions. Ulmer depicts him as a complex character, driven by a mix of artistic ambition, financial insecurity, and a twisted desire for control. The film also delves into the gender politics of the time, with Morel's victims all being women who fall prey to his patriarchy-infused worldview.

Overall, Bluebeard is a fascinating exploration of the human psyche, and a gripping thriller with strong performances and excellent direction. It's a classic film noir that offers a dark and twisted look at the darker side of love and art.

Bluebeard is a 1944 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 12 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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    5.9  (2,109)