At a party to celebrate his engagement, a young man named Bliss is drawn to a mysterious woman he has never seen before but who seems to know him. Minutes later he is dead, having fallen from a top floor balcony. Coral, a solitary middle-aged bachelor, is pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation to a concert by an unknown woman. It proves to be a short-lived liaison. Before he dies, the woman, Julie Kohler, tells Coral why she had to kill him. On her wedding day, the man she cherished was shot dead on the church steps. The man who fired the fatal bullet was one of five friends who were playing around with a rifle. Today, Julie has only one reason for living – to track down and kill the five men who have ruined her life. Two down, three to go… La mariée était en noir is a stylish and entertaining work that combines suspense thriller and black comedy to great effect. –filmsdefrance.com
The product of an unhappy, loveless home, Truffaut began using films to escape the exigencies of reality at age seven, virtually living in various Parisian movie houses. He left school to go to work at 14, and, one year later, founded a film club, which brought him to the attention of influential cinema critic Andre Bazin. Over the next few years, Bazin both financed and protected Truffaut. In 1953, Bazin hired Truffaut as a critic/essayist for Cahiers du Cinema. It was in the January 1954 edition that Truffaut published his landmark essay “A Certain Tendency in the French Cinema,” in which he attacked directors who merely ground out films without any personal cinematic vision; he also propounded the auteur theory, which opined that the only directors worth serious consideration were those who left their own individual signatures on each of their films. Truffaut noted that writing critiques enabled him to understand why he loved films and to rationalize his reasons for liking them… read more
Certainly not my favourite Truffaut, but still a lot of fun, if you're able to suspend your disbelief and bypass the absurdity of the plot. A notable homage to the Hitchcock style. Moreau was very good in her role as Julie, the widow hellbent on revenge. If were to see this again, however, it would no doubt leave me with a headache.
Two thrillers by François Truffaut and Wim Wenders surprisingly share the exact same cinephilic object.
A look at the varied and brilliant international posters for Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black.
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Subject for further study: Jean Delannoy. Object of current enquiry: Cornell Woolrich. I love Woolrich's crime fiction, which is paranoid
As homage to Hitchcock, it reveals what a master Hitchcock was. Truffaut’s film offers occasional faint echoes of suspense and intrigue plus a pretty cleverly shot conclusion. It’s said that Trufaut… read review