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The Blue Bird (movie)

Several film versions of Maurice Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird were created.

In 1910, a silent, black-and-white version starring Pauline Gilmer[?] as Mytyl and Olive Walter[?] as Tytyl was filmed in England. Maurice Tourneur[?] directed another silent version in 1918 in the United States, under the auspices of producer Adolph Zukor.

In 1940, Shirley Temple starred in a Technicolor, Walter Lang[?]-directed version (produced by 20th-Century Fox[?]). Despite Temple's starring in it, it failed at the box office, but went on to become a favorite among her fans later, and has since been reissued on video.

The most notorious film version of the play was a 1976 Russian-American coproduction, directed by George Cukor, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Patsy Kensit, Ava Gardner and Cicely Tyson. There were endless on-set problems, partly due to the fact that this was the first Russian-American joint production. The film was widely panned by both critics and audiences.

Two animated versions have also been produced, one in 1970 in Russia and a Japanese anime version in 1980, produced as a 26-episode TV show for Japanese television.



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