The Blue Bird (1918)

Director
Maurice Tourneur

Main cast
Tula Belle; Robin Macdougall; Edwin E. Reed; Emma Lowry; William J. Gross

Genres
Drama, Fantasy

Description
Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the diamond, the children become aware of and conversant with the souls of a Dog and Cat, as well as of Fire, Water, Bread, Light, and other presumably inanimate things. The troupe thus sets off to find the elusive Blue Bird of Happiness.


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