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The Bride Wore Black (1968)

La mariée était en noir (original title)
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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?

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (from the novel by), François Truffaut (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Julie Kohler
Michel Bouquet ... Coral
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Corey
Charles Denner ... Fergus
Claude Rich ... Bliss
Michael Lonsdale ... Rene Morane (as Michel Lonsdale)
Daniel Boulanger Daniel Boulanger ... Delvaux
Alexandra Stewart ... Mlle Becker
Sylvine Delannoy Sylvine Delannoy ... Mme Morane
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... Julie's mother
Michèle Montfort Michèle Montfort ... Fergus's model
Jacqueline Rouillard Jacqueline Rouillard
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Mechanic
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Examining judge (as Gilles Queant)
Serge Rousseau Serge Rousseau ... David
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Storyline

After trying to commit suicide, the widow Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau) pretends to her mother that she will leave her town. Actually she stays, chases and assassinates the five men that accidentally killed her beloved husband in the stairs of the church immediately after their wedding ceremony. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bride Wore Black See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$747,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,463, 6 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,324, 13 April 2014
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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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During the interrogation of Julie by the police, victims are shown on a screen from a slide projector. One of the portrait slides are shown inserted in upright position in the slide projector which would result in an inverted screen picture. But the screen picture is shown in correct upright position. See more »

Quotes

Julie Kohler: Je suis Julie Kohler!
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The bride wore black but the movie did not.
10 September 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Truffaut was one of William Irish's greatest fans;he wrote a preface for an edition of the American writer's short stories.Not only he directed this movie but he also adapted "la sirène du mississipi" .There's just one problem.Irish's absolute tragic side totally eludes Truffaut.A critic wrote that this writer's endings did not put an end to horror,but prolongated it.Nothing comes close to Irish's desperate universe here.Jean Delannoy Truffaut despised a lot,did a better job with "obsession" .Jeanne Moreau is not Irishian at all.She's too self-confident,too full of joie de vivre to portray such a character.I've always dreamed of what Alexandra Stewart -who plays a small part as a teacher here- could have done with it.Obviously,Truffaut's directing is a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock,but I'm not sure that the Hitchcockian treatment was adequate here.It worked in "rear window" because this movie was ,in the beginning ,one of Irish's short stories and the master could develop it as he wished,but in the full length of a whole novel,the treatment destroys the emotion and the "lost in advance" feeling which emanate from this tormented soul-Irish spent all his miserable life in an hotel room with his mother;an homosexual,he never found true love-.The cast is appealing but most of the actors are wasted ,be they Michel Bouquet or Jean -Claude Brialy.Of course ,it is watchable,there's some suspense,but if you're searching for Irish's world,you must move on.


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