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The Bride Wore Black (1968)

La mariée était en noir (original title)
Unrated | | 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?

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

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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:

$545,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,360,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Coral: Permit me to make an impossible wish?
Julie Kohler: Why impossible?
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Julie Kohler: I've heard it said: "There are no optimists or pessimists. There are only happy idiots or unhappy ones".
Coral: [smiling] Yes, well. I'm an unhappy idiot then.
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Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425 - Allegro
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The Bride Wore Black
23 July 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bride Wore Black, The (1968)

*** (out of 4)

Truffaut's homage to Hitchcock deals with a mysterious woman (Jeanne Moreau) who, after a failed suicide, decides to track down and kill the five men responsible for her husband's death on their wedding day. Needless to say, this film was pretty much remade by Quentin Tarantino in the two KILL BILL films but you can see the films influence go even further with various exploitation movies including Jess Franco's SHE KILLED IN ECSTACY as well as the notorious I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. I think this film works very well as a homage but doesn't work too good on its own. What I was shocked to find is that there's very little emotion of any kind here. There's really no drama, no one to really care for, no suspense and very little mystery. I'm really not sure what the point of the film was except perhaps for Truffaut to show his appreciation to Hitchcock and try to copy a film like the mystery master would have made. The movie has some very good stuff in it but again, I'm sure it could have been better had a few things been changed. The five murders are pretty much like separate short films and this is something I liked. I like how all five murders appear just like their own movies but this does lead to one of my complaints, which is the running time. It really seemed like the movie was padded with needless scenes and stuff that could have been handled in less time. I found all the murders to be quite fun in their own right and that includes the ending, which really worked even though I've read it was different than what was in the novel. Another major plus is the performance by Moreau who manages to be very believable in the role. I thought she came off perfect as the quiet assassin even though you could look into her eyes and see the pain she's feeling for her dead husband. The supporting players, mainly the five men, are quite good as well, although none of them really stick out as being great. The Bernard Hermann score does a good job at reminding us of his previous work with Hitchcock and there are plenty of nice references to the master's films.


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