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The Bitch Wants Blood (1969)

La femme écarlate (original title)
Comedy about self-made woman (Vitti) in Paris contemplating the idea of suicide at first, then murder.

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Jean Valère
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Vitti ... Eva
Maurice Ronet ... François
Robert Hossein ... Julien
Claudio Brook ... John Bert
Albert Simono Albert Simono ... (as Simono)
Lucien Raimbourg Lucien Raimbourg
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Medium
Simone Bach Simone Bach
Robert Rollis Robert Rollis
Sabine Sun
Colette Gérard Colette Gérard
Antonio Passalia Antonio Passalia
Stéphane Stéphane
François de Lannurien François de Lannurien
Gérard Lartigau Gérard Lartigau ... Tommy
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Comedy about self-made woman (Vitti) in Paris contemplating the idea of suicide at first, then murder.

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Comedy

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

14 May 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bitch Wants Blood See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) See more »

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not only a bloody cheek but somewhat ironic

Like anybody else who watches this film, it is for Monica Vitti and not because it has the awful US title; The Bitch Wants Blood or even the far more charming Italian; La Donna Scarlatta. She is lovely throughout, in various costumes and the late 60s décor and tempo help a lot. The rather amusing notes on my DVD include; '….will surprise those who know her only from the grim existential parables of Michelangelo Antonioni…' which is not only a bloody cheek but somewhat ironic. This is by no means a particularly sombre and thoughtful piece but does not really warrant the 'comedy' description and does actually have something of an existential theme and a very fine Anotonioni inspired sequence when she revs her car up and the street signage flashes by as we hurtle as if to oblivion. Seriously though this is for the most part a delightful, colourful and amusing Sunday afternoon movie with the serious added bonus of the lovely Vitti.


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