La Mariée était en Noir (The Bride Wore Black)
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La Mariée était en Noir (The Bride Wore Black)
This Francois Truffaut thriller is based ona novel by William Irish (aka Cornell Woolrich), whose books had been adapted by Alfred Hitchcock on many previous occasions. Jeanne Moreau stars as a woman whose fiancé is nastily murdered by five men. Utilizing a series of disguises, the cool-customer Moreau tracks down all five culprits, sexually enslaves them, and then engineers their deaths. The ominous musical score was written by Bernard Herrmann, another frequent Hitchcock collaborator. The Bride Wore Black was initially released in France as La Mariee etait en Noir. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Truffaut suggests a nation straining to burst its carapace of moralism. The film's subject and its object converge in the same self-liberating social revolution that would shake the country the following year."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Unfortunately, Truffaut fell into a pit of awkwardness on the project; editingwise, he's hardly in the league of Hitchcock, his sequences rushing ahead, his ironies too obvious."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A frigid and oddly static procession of Hitchcockian shout-outs that plays like an affected sequel to the two filmmakers' celebrated interview book."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"It's an enjoyable and entertaining film, albeit probably Truffaut's darkest and least sentimental work."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"With its summery, Mediterranean surface, Jeanne Moreau as the ultimate femme fatale heroine and a knife-twisting tale of murderous revenge and unexpected romance, "The Bride Wore Black" is well worth rediscovering."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Miss Moreau remains one of the screen's great actresses, and there is a supporting cast of unusual quality."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The Bride Wore Black finds a dark yet entertaining balance between B-movie conventions and (Truffaut's) European film sensibilities."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"It's accessible, intriguing and enjoyable."
‑ , Film4
"For all of Truffaut's digressive asides, deadpan gags, and lyrical cinephiliac touches, his slow-starting movie is overly schematic, emotionally shallow, and not so much fun."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Truffaut is such a poetic filmmaker that the film turns around and becomes, not at all Hitchcockian, but a gentle comedy and one of the few plausible and strange love stories in a long time."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"It's an entertaining film even if it doesn't completely work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A chilling and tragic portrait of fractured psychology and shattered lives."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
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