Mifanwy Conway (Edana Romney) is an unhappily married woman easily seduced by modern-day Bluebeard Paul Mangin (Eric Portman, 49th Parallel, The Bedford Incident).
Mangin becomes obsessed with his new muse believing she is the reincarnation of his lover from a former life, whose portrait hangs in his home. He adorns Mifawny with antique jewels and precious fabrics, making her the double of his first mistress.
As their relationship escalates, Mangin’s controlling nature becomes too much and during a sumptuous Venetian-style ball he has planned for her, Mifanwy rebels against his brainwashing and tries to run away…
This neo-realist fairy story perfectly combines elements of German expressionism with English Gothic. Directed by Terence Young who went on to direct Dr No, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, Wait Until Dark, Red Sun and many more.