Bluebeard's Castle

Film, Drama

Time Out says

An intriguing rarity for Powell completists, this straightforward performance film of Bartok's opera was shot only after the score had already been recorded in Zagreb. As a result, Powell was free to indulge himself with the look of the film, so long-term collaborator Hein Heckroth went to town on the cobwebby gauzes and nets. And indeed, it does look terrific, if rather too busy, a brooding tapestry of browns, blues and greys. That said, it's inevitably of limited interest only, and finally something of a footnote from (two of) the men behind The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffmann.


Release details

60 mins

Cast and crew

Michael Powell
Norman Foster
Anna Raquel Sartre
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