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The Blue Bird (1918)

The Blue Bird

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While most of the plays and novels of Maurice Maeterlinck have proved virtually impossible to film, the author's allegorical fantasy The Blue Bird has been translated to the screen no fewer than three times. The first version, directed by Maurice Tourneur and designed by Tourneur's favorite art director Ben Carre, was arguably the most visually impressive of the three (though the 1940 version, starring Shirley Temple), ran a close second. The story is the familiar one about two mittel-European youngers, Tyltyl (Robin MacDougall) and Mytyl (Tula Belle), who, unhappy with their present lots in life, embark upon a search for the Bluebird of Happiness. In the course of their odyssey, the children pay extended visits to the "Palace of Joy and Delights" and "The Land of the Unborn," with a quick stop-over at the graves of their briefly resurrected grandparents. Learning an important Life Lesson at every turn, the kids discover what they should have known at the beginning: That the Bluebird of Happiness was in their own backyard all the time. A brilliant collage of genuine exterior scenes and splendiferous studio-designed sets, The Blue Bird may have seemed a bit "stagey" at times (indeed, it sometimes looked exactly like the stage play from which it was derived), but in terms of sheer beauty and entertainment value, the film could not be faulted. Some historians consider the film to be the best of Maurice Tourneur's surviving silent films, surpassing even his 1922 masterpiece The Last of the Mohicans.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Maigne
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On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures Corporation

Cast

Edwin E. Reed
as Daddy Tyl
Lillian Cook
as Fairy Berylune
Edward Elkas
as Berlingot
William J. Gross
as Grandpa Gaffer Tyl
Emma Lowry
as Mummy Tyl
Katherine Bianchi
as Berlingot's daughter
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Critic Reviews for The Blue Bird

All Critics (1)

Visually creative, if episodic film, with an unusual, non-naturalistic style.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird is such a memorable and unique experience with a story not like any other, wonderful sense of wonder, terrific effects, awesome imagery, quite likable characters and a riveting story with a great message as well. It is too weird at times and is too episodic in nature, but it is an early fantasy movie that works on many levels and is just a joy to watch, highly authentic and charming.

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