The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird

A FILM BY: Maurice Tourneur
WRITTEN BY: Maurice Maeterlinck (play), Charles Maigne (adapted for the screen by)
STARRING: Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall, Edwin E. Reed

Co-presented with Chicago Film Society | Featuring a Live Musical Score performed by Music Box House Organist Dennis Scott.

Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck's 1908 play The Bluebird had already charmed audiences in Moscow, London, and New York by the time this magical adaptation reached the screen. The simple fairy tale of Mytyl and Tytyl, children who journey through enchanted lands in search of the Bluebird of Happiness, provided the ideal material for Maurice Tourneur, the French émigré who brought a wispy Pictorialist sensibility to the wilds of New Jersey. This delicate dream of a film excels in realizing the stranger aspects of Maeterlinck's play with wide-eyed, guileless gusto: the spirits and fairies, the living souls of everyday objects like bread and milk, the Cathedral of Happiness, and more.

35mm print courtesy of the George Eastman Museum

Technical Information

Production Year: 1918
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: 35mm