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Bluebeard (1944)

It’s not uncommon for there to be text, in any form, at the beginning of a film to help lead an audience into what is taking place (the Star Wars franchise is the probably most popular example of this). It was interesting, however, that at the start of this film the entire plot was essentially summed up in a note left from the police to both the general public and “Bluebeard.” The acting, with the exception of John Carradine, was atrocious. Even Carradine’s performance was subpar, as he was very monotone and void of any emotion. It was interesting to see how the writers and director, Edgar G. Ulmer, maneuvered through the story. It felt like there were many things that took place in the film that could have been left out. However, as the story progressed, these scenes (at least most of them) became relevant and I began to understand why they were included in the film. I hated the way this film ended. It was so abrupt and not much of it was explained or explored past what was shown on screen. With the exception of the terrible acting and the frustrating end, this wasn’t a bad film. This was quite possibly one of the best horror films from the early 20th Century.



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