Landru


1h 49m 1963

Brief Synopsis

France, WWI. Landru, the father of four Children, contacts Parisian women through newspapers, seduces and eventually kills them in order to feed his little family.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bluebeard
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 9 Apr 1963
Production Company
C. C. Champion; Rome Paris Films
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

During World War I, Henri-Désiré Landru, a furniture dealer, finds it extremely difficult to support his wife and four children. Desperate for funds, he devises a plan to murder lonely, wealthy women by placing lonelyhearts advertisements in the newspaper. His first victim is Berthe Héon, a middle-aged woman whom he takes to the opera, induces to sign over power of attorney, and then murders. The venture is so successful that he quickly eliminates 10 other victims. His infamous career ends when the armistice is declared, and he stops the killings, but he is arrested by the police when he is recognized by the sister of one of his victims. Three years after the arrest, he is brought to trial. Although he charms everyone with his offhanded dismissal of the charges against him, and although the bodies of the victims are never found, he is judged guilty. All appeals are denied, and he is condemned to death. He rejects spiritual comfort and a last meal, but he does consent to a final interview with his attorney, in which he refuses to reveal guilt or innocence.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bluebeard
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 9 Apr 1963
Production Company
C. C. Champion; Rome Paris Films
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Portions of the film were shot on location in Paris and Gambais. When the film opened in Paris in January 1963, its running time was 115 minutes. The Rome release in March 1963 had a running time of 100 minutes. For the American release, the title was changed to Bluebeard.
       For more information on the real Landru and the Bluebeard legend, see the entry for the 1947 comedy-drama Monsieur Verdoux, which was based on the infamous murderer, starring and directed by Charles Chaplin (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). Other films that have been loosely based on Landru's story or the Bluebeard legend include the 1944 Bluebeard, directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring John Carradine (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50) and the 1960 film Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons, directed by W. Lee Wilder and starring George Sanders.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1962

dubbed

Released in United States 1962