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The Bride Wore Black (1968)
"La mariée était en noir" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  25 June 1968 (USA)
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Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal ? What is her purpose ?

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Corey
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Fergus
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Bliss
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Rene Morane (as Michel Lonsdale)
Daniel Boulanger ...
Delvaux
Alexandra Stewart ...
Mlle Becker
Sylvine Delannoy ...
Mme Morane
Luce Fabiole ...
Julie's mother
Michèle Montfort ...
Fergus's model
Jacqueline Rouillard
Paul Pavel ...
Mechanic
Gilles Quéant ...
Examining judge (as Gilles Queant)
Serge Rousseau ...
David
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Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal ? What is her purpose ? Written by Yepok

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She was a bride when the violence happened... Now she's a widow and it's going to happen again

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The Bride Wore Black  »

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Budget:

$747,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,463 (USA) (4 November 2011)

Gross:

$42,324 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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This film is François Truffaut's homage to Alfred Hitchcock, made shortly after Truffaut had published a book of extensive interviews with Hitchcock. As part of his homage, Truffaut chose a novel written by Cornell Woolrich, on who's story Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) was based, and even chose long-time Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann to compose the score. See more »

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When Carol shows his ticket at the theater, he is told that the performance had started three minutes ago, and is immediately shown to his box. When he gets inside the theater, the performers are in the middle of the second movement of the piece (Beethoven's Cello Sonata #3), implying that they had been playing for at least 10 minutes. See more »

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Julie Kohler: Je suis Julie Kohler!
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It lacks of identity but it's a good tribute to the master of suspense
29 May 2011 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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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