Saturday, 17 July 2010


I'm thrilled that Catherine Breillat's adaptation of the classic French fairytale 'Bluebeard' has been released in the UK. Like all good fairytales, its content is decidedly adult, chronicling the plight of a young girl who is married off to a much older aristocrat with a dodgy past.

The story is told by two girls reading from a book- the original tale was illustrated by one of my favourite artists, Arthur Rackham:

Charles Perrault's children's story has been inspiration to many writers, most notably Angela Carter whose work of genius 'The Bloody Chamber' is loosely based on the tale (if you haven't read it, I'd advise that you stop what you're doing right now and find a copy). The Guardian's review of the film says it is 'elegant and erotic but not especially resonant'. Don't know about you, but elegant and erotic is pretty much all I'm after.

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