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The Bride Wore Black


Time Out says

Truffaut has stated that this elegant detective thriller, based (like his Mississippi Mermaid) on a novel by Cornell Woolrich, was an attempt to reconcile his two cinematic idols, Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir. It's about Julie Kohler (Moreau), whose husband is inexplicably shot dead on the church steps after their wedding. Truffaut follows Julie's systematic and deadly revenge with a light, idyllic style as she ruthlessly hunts and kills her victims (by methods which include pushing the first over a balcony, poisoning the next, and suffocating the third). Perhaps the mixture of crime fiction and Renoir never quite jells, but it's all highly entertaining, and Hitchcock buffs will enjoy picking out the many echoes (of Marnie especially).

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Duration:107 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:François Truffaut
  • Screenwriter:François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard
  • Cast:
    • Jeanne Moreau
    • Claude Rich
    • Jean-Claude Brialy
    • Michel Bouquet
    • Michel Lonsdale
    • Charles Denner
    • Daniel Boulanger
    • Alexandra Stewart
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