The Bride Wore Black

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/1993
  • UPC: 027616232632
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Format: VHS

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
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