This is Truffaut at his most Hitchcockian but just like De Palma did with Dressed to Kill, Truffaut manged to out Hitchcock, Hitchcock with this incredible revenge thriller with an exceptional performance from Jeanne Moreau. This film will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. Also Tarantino had to have drawn inspiration from this film when he did Kill Bill.
My first thought was that you should never send Francois Truffaut to do Brian De Palma's job, but as the film took shape—and its arc is to make a shape out of shapelessness—I really dug it. You have to watch it as an auteur theorist would watch Hitchcock, seeing a mystery story as a nuanced essay on how men and women relate to each other. Jeanne Moreau in duo-chrome with a Bernard Herrmann score goes a long way.
Stylish revenge thriller by François Truffaut, who I think was rather too ponderous, subtle and out of his element everytime he tried to get into Hitchcock territory; but with the macabre Bernard Herrmann in the music, and the sophisticated and calm Jeanne Moreau; he had winning aces.
Il Truffaut che non ti aspetti. Jeanne Moreau (volutamente più fredda del solito) è la sposa in nero, antenata di quella creata da Tarantino e Uma Thurman qualche anno dopo. Ritmo discreta, bella l'idea, meno la realizzazione.
jess franco by hitchcock by truffaut... i'm being a little generous by giving 5 stars bc the french never know how to suspend you and end with a bang in the final minutes of this type of film so you always feel it's not exactly what it should be but truffaut has more interesting ideas along the way to make up for it