The Bride Wore Black
The Bride Wore Black (1968)

Julie (Jeanne Moreau) is the young widow who seeks revenge for the death of her husband. She targets her victims for demise and sets out to knock them off one by one. The first victim is pushed from a balcony, the second is poisoned in his… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 22, 1968
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Moreau is mesmerizing as the avenging angel, and the manner in which she interacts with each priggish man offers a fascinating study in a particular brand of male-female dynamics.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Miss Moreau remains one of the screen's great actresses, and there is a supporting cast of unusual quality.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

A frigid and oddly static procession of Hitchcockian shout-outs that plays like an affected sequel to the two filmmakers' celebrated interview book.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

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.

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Simon Foster

The Bride Wore Black finds a dark yet entertaining balance between B-movie conventions and (Truffaut's) European film sensibilities.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More
Antonius Block
Truffaut making a film as an homage to Hitchcock is inherently interesting, since they were both such legends. This story is about a young woman (Jeanne… More
Michael Gildea
Well done but pretty damn boring.
John Me
It is obvious that this is the movie that inspired ¨Kill Bill¨ because there is a lot of similities and homage scenes, eventhough Tarantino stated he has never… More
Eduardo Tobias
Made it on my favorite list tens minutes into the film. The advertising team made a great decision to put full frontal nudity in the trailer. I always thought… More
Dimitris Springer
The premise of Kill Bill (oh you Tarantino copycat...),brilliantly extracting influences from Hitchcock,probably through their conversation monsieur Francois… More

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