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Permit me to make an impossible wish?
Because I'm a rather pessimist.
I've heard it said: "There are no optimists or pessimists. There are only happy idiots or unhappy ones".
Yes, well. I'm an unhappy idiot then.
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It lacks of identity but it's a good tribute to the master of suspense
The main problem when you want to pay tribute to someone you admire in films is risking yourself to not put the other person qualities and neither yours in it, and in the end a lack of identity is what you get from this tribute. I'm not saying that "La Mariée était en Noir" ("The Bride Wore Black") isn't a good film or that it's not directed by a talented man like François Truffaut but what we see in this film is something that doesn't sound or look like none of his works and don't even get close to the thrills the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock gave us in his classics, and this is Truffaut's tribute to the man.
Jeanne Moreau is Julie, the bride of the title who's on a quest for revenge against five men behind the murder of her future husband during her wedding ceremony. The plot sounds very familiar now after Tarantino's "Kill Bill" series of films, and he claims never heard of this film before. There's plenty of differences in both stories, obviously, but both are very good films.
As mentioned, Truffaut pays a tribute to Hitchcock, not only in this being a film of suspense but also working with composer Bernard Herrmann in the musical score, and some elements, sequences and plans created by the master. The film is quite good, has decent performances but it also has some problems too. Herrmann's music is overused and doesn't add nothing to the story; the screenplay is interesting but flawed, never explaining to us how on earth Julie managed to track down these guys, and despite some great revelations as the plot unfolds (when the woman discovers what really happened with her husband) those surprises aren't enough to make us feel intrigued by the story since the heroine is too perfect, nothing goes wrong with her, her plans always seems to work (lack of surprises on this field) and the guys she's after are too soft, there's no evil on them but the way things moves there's no way they could be evil. A little bit of instinct and self defense issues on them would work here but they're so weak.
On bowing his head to a great director, Truffaut made a film where's very difficult to see himself, his ingredients or Hitch. Although many actors of his habitual collaborations are present like Moreau ("Jules et Jim"), Michael Lonsdale ("Baisers Volés"), Jean-Claude Brialy ("The 400 Blows"), Charles Denner ("The Man Who Loved Women") among others, and some qualities in style of filmmaking it's very difficult to see his sense of humor, his great sense of rhythm while conducing dramatic scenes, since most of them become very exhaustive to watch or even a cameo role just like great Alfred used to do. The great thing about "The Bride Wore Black" is the fact of being a good film as usual in Truffaut's filmography, never disappoints (just a little). Totally watchable. 8/10
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