Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - Bluebeard with John Carradine as the Serial Strangler of Women in Old Paris in 16mm!
BLUEBEARD, with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris, 16mm, 1944.
Date: Tuesday, July 28th
In this 19th century period piece he plays a sinister puppeteer who operates a diabolical marionette opera. Jeanne Parker is the lady he's stalking; Nils Asther is the detective who is stalking him. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, who was a genuine German Expressionist, and it shows in this deeply lit and intensely styled low-budget film. Ulmer was a production designer who worked with Murnau before he came to Hollywood. All his work shows superbly sinister, threatening design and lighting. This film is all atmosphere and suggestion, hardly any violence is shown. When Bluebeard strangles his victims, we see a tight closeup of Carradine's eyes bulging maniacally! You couldn't ask for a better homicidal maniac.
The Screening will be hosted and presented by Movie Mike, who will be introduced by Joel Schlemowitz, the Morbid Anatomy Museum's Resident Film Programmer and Arcane Media Specialist.
Mike Olshan is a New York-based journalist, editor and photographer who has been archiving 16mm film for over 40 years. He was formerly editor of the film/TV production journal Millimeter and of Videoplay Magazine. He's best known as the screening producer and film show host Movie Mike.
Over the years, Mike has produced various film screenings for colleges, museums, senior centers, schools and pub back rooms. His work includes screening and lecturing at the Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop and the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema. He has also screened and lectured at the Singapore Art Museum and at Singapore's independent arts institute, The Substation.
For the past several years, Mike has produced an annual outdoor Community Garden Series in Brooklyn and the Vintage Film Room at the Lunacon Science-Fiction Conventions. He was The Voice In The Night for an irregularly-scheduled series of Midnight Movie Madness shows at Collective Unconscious.
A film photographer who favors the use of high-end vintage equipment, Mike's a Board member at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition.He's a frequent contributor of photos, copy and research for the forgotten-ny.com website. If you have a long memory, you might recall his Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy Kit ad in the National Lampoon.
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