Bluebeard's Castle (1963)
Bluebeard's Castle (1963)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Bluebeard's Castle

Michael Powell | West Germany | 1963 | PG


Wed 22 May 2024

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After the backlash against Peeping Tom, Powell embarked on a fascinating late career that took in everything from Australian feature-films, series TV, children’s movies and advising for Scorsese and Coppola to this extraordinarily stylised adaptation of Béla Bartók’s almost unfilmable 1911 opera for West German TV. Featuring a libretto by film theorist and poet Béla Belázs, and boldly expressionist production design by Hein Heckroth (The Red Shoes) relying on semi-abstraction, psychodramatic sets and vivid, almost deranged colours, it stars Norman Foster in the murderous title role.

Format: DCP
Language: German
Source: BFI
Runtime: 63 mins

Event duration

63 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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