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Blue Beard
Barbe bleue
dir. Catherine Breillat / France 2008 / 80’
subtitles: Polish and English


Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton, Daphné Baïwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites, Lola Giovannetti

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The figure of the Blue Beard is one of those elements of the history and tradition of the Western culture that recur transformed in the most bizarre ways. The motif of the revengeful killer of women was addressed by authors (Kurt Vonnegut, Angela Carter, Suniti Namjoshi), playwrights (Dea Loher), freely changed and deformed. It was a subject of many anthropological and feminist analyses (Clarissa Pinkola Estes devoted an entire chapter of Women Who Run With The Wolves to the Blue Beard). There is undoubtedly an irresistible impression that this is one of the most important symbols of coercion of women by men provided by European civilisation. Catherine Breillat refers clearly not only to the text itself, but also to its particular cultural position. The bloody tale by Charles Perrault is adapted by the director astonishingly faithfully and intertwined with a story about two girls reading Perrault's tale. Breillat used it as a framework for a story about a monster, but also for questions about the condition of men and women, the relationships they build and their mutual relations, including sexual relations. The director enhanced the message with the austere form of the film and a bold selection of young actresses.

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