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The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black

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1968 / 107min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: FRANçOIS TRUFFAUT

CAST: JEANNE MOREAU, MICHEL BOUQUET, JEAN-CLAUDE BRIALY, CHARLES DENNER

Heavily inspired by Truffaut’s long engagement with the films of Alfred Hitchcock, The Bride Wore Black is both a subtle tribute and an explosion of Hitch’s themes and styles; the score by Bernard Herrmann is essentially on steriods. Truffaut approached this ruthless, stylish film as a series of suspense set pieces, casting Jeanne Moreau as the eponymous bride, widowed on the day of her nuptials, who has since set out to locate every one of the men involved in her husband’s assassination, and to exact her merciless revenge. “This is what movies are about, this is how they can be done, this is why so few people do them beautifully. Everything is so clearly the result of thought and wit.”—Renata Adler