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The play was published in Paris in 1909. The film was shot at the Famous Players-Lasky studios in Fort Lee, NJ. According to publicity, the well known dancer Rose Rolanda leads a ballet in symbolic dance numbers in the film. Modern sources list Clarence Brown as editor. The Blue Bird was remade in 1940 by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Walter Lang and starring Shirley Temple. George Cukor directed a version in 1976 for Fox which was shot in the Soviet Union and starred Elizabeth ... More Less

The play was published in Paris in 1909. The film was shot at the Famous Players-Lasky studios in Fort Lee, NJ. According to publicity, the well known dancer Rose Rolanda leads a ballet in symbolic dance numbers in the film. Modern sources list Clarence Brown as editor. The Blue Bird was remade in 1940 by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Walter Lang and starring Shirley Temple. George Cukor directed a version in 1976 for Fox which was shot in the Soviet Union and starred Elizabeth Taylor. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Jan 18
p. 595.
ETR
6 Apr 18
p. 1465.
ETR
13 Apr 18
p. 1529.
Motog
3 Aug 16
p. 765.
MPN
13 Apr 18
p. 2307.
MPW
6 Apr 18
p. 134.
MPW
13 Apr 18
p. 283.
New York Times
1 Apr 18
p. 9.
NYDM
15 Dec 17
p. 20.
NYDM
6 Apr 18
p. 24.
NYDM
13 Apr 18
p. 522.
Variety
5 Apr 18
p. 43.
Wid's
4 Apr 18
pp. 1053-54.
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 March 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 March 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12216
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mytyl and Tyltyl, two poor children, grow envious as they look through the window at the Christmas Eve celebrations of their wealthier neighbors, but when the poverty-stricken widow Berlingot asks them to give their dove to her ailing daughter, the children refuse. That night, after the Fairy Berylune puts them to sleep, they dream they are searching for the Blue Bird of Happiness with the aid of a magic diamond which, when rotated, reveals to them the Soul in all things. Their journey takes them to the Palaces of Night and Luxury, a graveyard, the Cathedral of Happiness, and the Azure Palace. Only when they give the dove - now a dazzling blue bird - to the sick girl the next day, however, do they find true ... +


Mytyl and Tyltyl, two poor children, grow envious as they look through the window at the Christmas Eve celebrations of their wealthier neighbors, but when the poverty-stricken widow Berlingot asks them to give their dove to her ailing daughter, the children refuse. That night, after the Fairy Berylune puts them to sleep, they dream they are searching for the Blue Bird of Happiness with the aid of a magic diamond which, when rotated, reveals to them the Soul in all things. Their journey takes them to the Palaces of Night and Luxury, a graveyard, the Cathedral of Happiness, and the Azure Palace. Only when they give the dove - now a dazzling blue bird - to the sick girl the next day, however, do they find true happiness. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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