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Les noces rouges (1973)

Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Aeschylus (opening quotation), Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stéphane Audran ... Lucienne Delamare
Michel Piccoli ... Pierre Maury
Claude Piéplu ... Paul Delamare
Clotilde Joano ... Clotilde Maury
Eliana De Santis Eliana De Santis ... Hélène Chevalier, Lucienne's daughter
François Robert François Robert ... Auriol
Daniel Lecourtois ... Prefet / Department governor
Pippo Merisi Pippo Merisi ... Berthier
Ermanno Casanova Ermanno Casanova ... Le conseiller
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Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's husband holds no excitement for her, and he is always away in Paris on business. Pierre is now the vice-mayor, thanks to Paul. Lucienne and Pierre have a secret meeting spot by a lake along a country lane. Pierre's wife dies suddenly, by suicide the town gossips believe. Pierre confesses otherwise to Lucienne. Paul proposes a shady land deal which will "benefit the town", and wants Pierre's political support and collusion. Then Paul discovers proof of his wife's affair... Written by David Carless

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A Matter of Lust and Death See more »

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Language:

French

Release Date:

12 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wedding in Blood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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even his lesser films are at least interesting
9 September 2006 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

By no means one of Chabrol's finest this is nevertheless most watchable and the most agreeable and sinister soundtrack always suggests this may become something much grander. As it is it is a fairly predictable tale with the odd twist but leaves the two leads/lovers ending up looking rather stupid. I'm sure Mr Chabrol, like his mentor, Hitchcock found himself a little less than at ease with the ladies. Hence his wife Stephane Audran and Michel Piccoli, two great actors, but who it has to be said, are both so seemingly lacking in passion, are asked to convince that they would gladly rush to a riverbank or rooms within a stately home to make wild, passionate love. I don't think so! Claude Pieplu is great fun as the at first pompous and later calculating cuckold husband and although we are assured he is not 'up to the job' he seems to have far more fire in him than the other two. Certainly worth watching this is a curious example of the director's work and just goes to show that, again like Hitchcock, even his lesser films are at least interesting, if a little awkward.


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