Maria Tatar on the “cultural black hole” around “Bluebeard” in NYT

Do you know “Bluebeard”? Maria Tatar, Harvard professor and author several Princeton titles including Secrets beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives, is interviewed in an article about Catherine Beillat’s recent film adaptation of the dark European folk tale in this weekend’s New York Times:

“I’m always astonished at how few people know this story,” she said in a phone interview, “especially considering how many films and other works it has inspired.” Ms. Tatar noted that Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” and Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” owe something of their plots to the spirit of “Bluebeard.” And she devotes a section of her book to a raft of films made in the 1940s, including George Cukor’s “Gaslight” (1944), Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious” (1946) and Fritz Lang’s “Secret Beyond the Door …” (1948), that do not overtly reference the tale but nevertheless turn on a wife’s fear of her largely unknown husband and his possible desire for her throat. More recently, Jane Campion featured a Bluebeard pantomime in her 1993 film “The Piano.”

Read the full article here.