The Blue Bird (1976)

USA, USSR,
95m (Germany – theatrical), 99m (USA – theatrical)
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
English

An American/Soviet Russian fantasy film directed by George Cukor.

Plot Summary

Brother and sister Tyltyl and Mytyl meet their Fairy Godmother who brings inanimate objects to live and transforms into humans to help the in their quest to find the mystical Blue Bird of Happiness.

Credits

Crew
Director: George Cukor
Lenfilm Studio, Twentieth Century Fox
Executive Producer: Edward Lewis
Producers: Paul Maslansky, Paul B. Radin, Lee Savin
Associate Producer: John Palmer
Associate Producer (Russia): Edward Joseph
Production Manager: Oleg Danilov
General Production Director: Aleksandr Arshansky
Script: Alfred Hayes, Aleksei Kapler, Hugh Whitemore
Play: L'oiseau bleu by Maurice Maeterlinck
Directors of Photography: Jonas Gritsius, Freddie Young
Stills: Bob Penn
Editors: Tatyana Shapiro, Ernest Walter
Colour: DeLuxe
Music: Irwin Kostal, Lionel Newman, Andrei Popov
Lyrics: Tony Harrison
Sound: John Bramall, Grigori Elbert, Gordon Everett
Make-up: Vassili Gorjunov, John O'Gorman
Costume Designers: Marina Azizyan, Edith Head
Special Effects: Roy Field, Wayne Fitzgerald, Gregori Senotov, Aleksandr Zavyalov
Production Designer: Valeri Yurkevich
Assistant to Director: Robert Jon Carlson
Locations: Moscow, Russia

Cast
Elizabeth Taylor (Queen of Light/mother/witch/Maternal Love)
Jane Fonda (the night)
Ava Gardner (Luxury)
Cicely Tyson (the cat)
Robert Morley (Father Time)
Harry Andrews (the oak)
Todd Lookinland (Tyltyl)
Patsy Kensit (Mytyl)
Will Geer (Grandpa Tyl)
Mona Washbourne (Grandma Tyl)
George Cole (the dog)
Richard Pearson (the bread)
Nadezhda Pavlova (the blue bird)
Georgi Vitsin (the sugar)
Margarita Terekhova (the milk)
Oleg Popov (fat laughter)
Leonid Nevedomsky (father)
Valentina Ganilaee Ganibalova (the water)
Yevgeni Shcherbakov (the fire)
Pheona McLellan (sick girl)
Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova

Alternative Titles

Der Blaue Vogel – German title
F̴gel bl̴ РSwedish title
Il giardino della felicità – Italian title
Lintu sininen – Finnish title
El pájaro azul – Spanish title
Sininen lintu – Finnish TV title
Sinyaya ptitsa – Russian title

See also
The Blue Bird (1918)
The Blue Bird (1940)