Bluebeard – 8

[MSPFF] A Renaissance jewel of a film from French director Catherine Breillat. Almost every shot could be a museum still, and every character had a charming face that, Clouet-like, filled the screen. The dialogue and pacing were perfect for the fairy tale portrayed and the postmodern addition of two young girls from the 1950s added humor, intrigue, tragedy and puzzlement. I am still trying to understand how their story related to that of their counterparts in the time of Bluebeard. To me (see Essay), this is much greater “video art” than anything by Matthew Barney or Doug Aitken.

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