Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black

Director: François Truffaut

Cast: François Truffaut, Jeanne Moreau, Claude Rich, Jean-Claude Brialy

     
 

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An homage to American thrillers in general and to the very English Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock in particular, The Bride Wore Black is even more entertaining on this MGM DVD release. The main selling point of the DVD edition is the widescreen transfer, which shows a few moments of digital image breakup and seems slightly off in terms of color balance but

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An homage to American thrillers in general and to the very English Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock in particular, The Bride Wore Black is even more entertaining on this MGM DVD release. The main selling point of the DVD edition is the widescreen transfer, which shows a few moments of digital image breakup and seems slightly off in terms of color balance but still lets Raoul Coutard's camerawork shine. The Digital Dolby 2.0 Mono audio transfer is slightly more problematic; it sounds fine coming out of the TV's speaker but Bernard Herrmann's typically inventive score overpowers the dialogue on occasion when played through a stereo system. While not a perfect DVD transfer, this edition of the The Bride Wore Black is still superior to previous video editions.

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Based on a 1940s novel by Rear Window author Cornell Woolrich, The Bride Wore Black is French director François Truffaut's most direct -- and successful -- homage to his favorite filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock. After a bridegroom is shot leaving the church on his wedding day, his unhinged widow (Jeanne Moreau) goes underground, traces the group responsible, and eliminates them one by one. Truffaut's stylish thriller appropriates many of the Master's cinematic devices and even sports a score by one of Hitchcock's favorite composers, Bernard Herrmann (Psycho). While episodic and occasionally implausible, Bride sustains suspense throughout and benefits from inspired use of glossy locales and splendid cameo performances from the actors who play Moreau's victims -- including renowned leading men Jean-Claude Brialy and Michel Bouquet. The haughty Moreau makes a beautiful avenging angel, and her carefully calibrated performance enables Truffaut to transcend the pulp-fictional conventions of Woolrich's story. Cinematographer Raoul Coutard's primary color scheme really shimmers on the DVD edition.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0027616857965
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Moreau Julie
Claude Rich Bliss
Jean-Claude Brialy Corey
Michel Bouquet Coral
Michel Lonsdale Morane
Charles Denner Fergus
Daniel Boulanger Delvaux
Serge Rousseau David
Jacques Robiolles Charlie
Frédérique Fontanarosa Musician
Maurice Garrel Plaintiff
Michele Montfort Model
Elisabeth Rey Julie as a Child
Alexandra Stewart Mlle. Becker
Christophe Bruno Cookie Morane
Luce Fabiole Julie's mother
Sylvine Delannoy Mme. Morane
Jacqueline Rouillard Maid
Van Doude Inspector Fabri
Paul Pavel Mechanic
Gilles Queant Examining Magistrate
Jean-Pierre Rey David as a Child
Dominique Robier Sabine, Julie's niece
Mich_le Viborel Gilberte, Bliss's fiancee
Daniel Pommereulle Fergus's friend

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Screenwriter
Marcel Berbert Producer
Claudine Bouché Editor
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Pierre Guffroy Production Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Jean-Louis Richard Screenwriter
Marcel Roberts Producer
Cornell Woolrich Screenwriter

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/Departure [4:46]
2. Mr. Bliss Is Out [7:34]
3. Julie Lost Her Scarf [5:41]
4. Mr. Coral's Mind [4:57]
5. When, Where, Why, How [5:10]
6. An Unhappy Idiot [10:10]
7. Cookie Knows [3:43]
8. A Caring Husband [6:57]
9. Hide-And-Seek [5:06]
10. A Simple Accident [3:54]
11. Which Miss Becker? [4:45]
12. A Model For Fergus [10:12]
13. Goddess Of The Hunt [10:24]
14. Love And Company [6:13]
15. Recognition [6:45]
16. Prison Strike/End [4:31]

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