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Red Wedding (1973)

Les noces rouges (original title)
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:

Claude Chabrol, Aeschylus (opening quotation)
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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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Poor direction of promising story.
24 September 2019 | by dromo_rennplanSee all my reviews

I believe this film is based on a real double murder by Bernard Coustie in 1970, and follows that closely until the final scenes. I was shocked by the Benny Hill quality of the love scenes which undermines the early scenes. The acting as a whole has a semi-comic feel and the film is short and feels perfunctory - if it wasn't Chabrol would we even remember it? However, the score is terrific, and as a time-capsule of small town France it is entertaining.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wedding in Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Fontguenand, Indre, France See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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