Cukor’s unlikely adaptation of the celebrated 1908 Maeterlinck play is a genuine oddity: the first ever American-Soviet co-production; headlined by a trio of great Hollywood actresses (Liz Taylor, Ava Gardner, Jane Fonda), a famous Russian circus performer named Oleg Popov, and members of the Leningrad Kirov Ballet; plagued by production difficulties from language barriers to cast dropouts and inhumane work conditions. Long out of circulation, The Blue Bird is one of the most left-field projects ever made by a major Hollywood filmmaker.