This is what the New Wave was about-taking the lived experiences of the makers (here, each different male seems to show a different side of misogyny, even when they think they're good), and filtering through the bigger than life dreams of the Hollywood machine (in this case the dark thrillers of Hitchcock). Each of Moreau's entrances are a vision of beauty, and all her violence arises directly from her environment.
Maybe I'm biased. But I prefer entertaining Truffaut than artistic one. To me, entertaining Truffaut never fails to amaze me. THE BRIDE WORE BLACK is obviously Francois Truffaut's effort to pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock's works. He also hired Bernard Herrmann as the composer. The result is an enjoyable, yet exciting Hitchcockian thriller. Not to mention Jeanne Moreau's thrilling performance as a vengeful woman...
If it offers insight it's in the way it privileges male comfort, the casual freedom afforded its killers. Moreau is a dominatrix, her cruel touch the distance with which she seduces. Not a true existential exercise, nor a formal one - hard to say what it is other than the pleasure of a certain method with absence of love. These men way too cocksure to even threaten the upper hand.
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.
Un bon film, fait rare chez le cinéaste, qui se regarde sans ennui, sans déplaisir et pourrait inciter le spectateur littéraire à relire les excellentes nouvelles du grand William Irish. A noter la remarquable interprétation de Jeanne Moreau, en veuve noire... www.cinefiches.com