After a botched attempt to put an end to her miserable existence, the emotionally scarred and irreparably destroyed widow, Julie Kohler, summons up the strength to pack up her things and leave her mother and town behind. Haunted by a horrible, life-altering incident and utterly surrendered to the palpable void of paranoia, Julie embraces black, the colour of death, and embarks on a devilish mission of revenge. Now, as the sinful past puts five seemingly unrelated men in harm's way, acknowledging death may be liberating. But, is there a limit to relentless Julie's determination? Above all, is there an escape from the clutches of the grim avenger with the doleful, dark eyes?Written by
This film is the inspiration for the Kate Bush song "The Wedding List" from her 1980 album Never For Ever. See more »
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 »
There's a mysterious lady who admires me in secret. It seems that some beautiful woman tried to enter my apartment and even offered Charlie the doorman a hundred-franc note.
Which he refused, I suppose. I'd have let her in for half that. No, it must be a poor pregnant girl wanting an explanation.
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La Mariee Etait En Noir/The Bride Wore Black(1967) is more a study of lost love and revenge than a film of Hitchcockian proportions. Based on the novel by Cornell Woorich, The Bride Wore Black(1967) is a sad story that has an Edgar Allen Poe quality to it. Jeanne Moreau tops her performance from Jules & Jim(1961) with her role as the death obsessed Julie Kohler. Fits in with the two themes of Francois Truffaut in life and death. Films that belong with the theme of life are The 400 Blows(1959), The Wild Child(1969), and Day for Night(1972). The movies that goes with the theme of death are The Bride Wore Black(1967), Jules & Jim(1961) and The Story of Adele H(1975).
The performance of Jeanne Moreau is as heart wretching to watch as the performance given by Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H(1975). The film score by Bernard Herrmann is hauntedly macabre. The scenes depicting Julie planning her revenge are chilling and well planned. The Bride Wore Black(1967) showed the big respect Francois Truffaut had for the techniques of Alfred Hitchcock. Another movie that has its tragic elements is the Terence Fisher film, Frankenstein Created Woman(1966). The only difference between the film and the novel is the omission of the twist ending from the motion picture.
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