The Blue Bird


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The Blue Bird
George Cukor, 1976
USA | Format: 35mm | 99 minutes

Cukor’s unlikely adaptation of the celebrated 1908 Maeterlinck play is a genuine oddity: the first ever American-Soviet co-production; headlined by a trio of great Hollywood actresses (Liz Taylor, Ava Gardner, Jane Fonda), a famous Russian circus performer named Oleg Popov, and members of the Leningrad Kirov Ballet; plagued by production difficulties from language barriers to cast dropouts and inhumane work conditions. Long out of circulation, The Blue Bird is one of the most left-field projects ever made by a major Hollywood filmmaker.

Series: The Discreet Charm of George Cukor

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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