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?


François Truffaut


Cornell Woolrich (from the novel by), François Truffaut (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Julie Kohler
Michel Bouquet ... Robert 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 ... Madame Morane
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... La mère de Julie
Michèle Montfort Michèle Montfort ... Le modèle de Fergus
Jacqueline Rouillard Jacqueline Rouillard ... La logeuse de Coral
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Le mécanicien de Delvaux
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Examining judge (as Gilles Queant)
Serge Rousseau Serge Rousseau ... David


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 Nick Riganas

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


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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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 »


Bliss: 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.
Corey: 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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Referenced in Interview with Jean Rollin: A Retrospective (2008) See more »


Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425 - Allegro
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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26 April 2001 | by eibon09See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

25 June 1968 (USA) See more »

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$747,000 (estimated)

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$11,206, 25 April 1999

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