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The Bride Wore Black

La mariée était en noir

Directed by François Truffaut
France, Italy, 1968
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?

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The Bride Wore Black Directed by François Truffaut

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1969 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Golden Globes (USA)

1969 | Nominee: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1969 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture

As a film, The Bride Wore Black is a beautiful, macabre art object that’s slightly dead inside, a thematically neat battle-of-the-sexes thriller that plays as a fusion of Jules and Jim and Vertigo. But it’s a fascinating starting point for discussions of Truffaut and Hitchcock, and of the affinity of sensibility that might have enabled them to create their book-length interview from 1967.
January 25, 2015
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Truffaut, working with cinematographer Raoul Coutard, paints in a muted palette of browns and blacks, framing Moreau’s seductive visage in coolly detached compositions emphasizing space and movement over psychology. Though not well received upon release, the film has since proven influential on a variety of revenge narratives, as well as marking one of the rapidly maturing Truffaut’s last truly trenchant works.
December 17, 2014
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THE BRIDE WORE BLACK checks its emotions at the door, resulting in an episodic study in retribution that is admittedly low on both empathy and catharsis. But even Truffaut at his most somber is still high on style, and the escalation from segment to segment provides plenty of notes to marvel at, each meditation on murder skirting the fascinating line between delirious and haphazard.
October 12, 2012
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