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Big screen classics


Barbe bleue

Catherine Breillat’s imaginative and haunting take on the gory fairy tale.

Image from Bluebeard

France 2009
Dir Catherine Breillat
With Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton, Daphné Baiwir
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Long fascinated by the power dynamics of erotic obsession, Breillat adapts Charles Perrault’s 17th-century fairy tale to witty, imaginative and haunting effect. Two sisters in the 1950s scare one another by reading the dark story; intercut with their teasing is the tale itself, in which a teenager readily marries the titular lord, even though he’s rumoured to have murdered his previous wives.

The screening on Wednesday 3 July 18:00 will be introduced by academic Dr Catherine Wheatley, King’s College London.


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