The Bride Wore Black (1968)

The Bride Wore Black



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Movie Info

In this film, based on the novel by William Irish, 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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Louis Richard, Cornell Woolrich, François Truffaut
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2001
United Artists



as Julie Kohler

as Bliss

as Delvaux/Holmes

as Miss Becker

as Morane's Son

as Plaintiff

as Julie's mother

as Mrs. Morane

as Cookie Morane

as Inspector Fabri

as Mechanic

as Plaintiff

as Examining Magistrate

as 2nd Musician

as Julie as a Child

as David as a Child

as Gilberte, Bliss's fi...

as Gilberte--Bliss's Fi...

as Fergus's friend
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Critic Reviews for The Bride Wore Black

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bride Wore Black


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 territory; but with the macabre Bernard Herrmann in the music, and the sophisticated and calm Jeanne Moreau; he had winning aces.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Well done but pretty damn boring.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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 that was considered taboo in the 60's. This is the film Quentin Tarantino ripped off to make Kill Bill. He claims never to have seen it but I say otherwise. This film is unpopular so there is a chance that he hasn't. But it is ironic that the plot of this is a bride going around killing people for revenge, it's the exact same plot as Kill Bill. This film is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock who is one of Quentin's inspirations. So maybe that's why there both similar, just maybe. I find it hard to believe that Quentin is an Alfred Hitchcock fan yet hasn't watched a film that was inspired by Alfred. Overall this is one cool film. If you liked Kill Bill then watch this as well. It's not as violent as Kill Bill but it's still entertaining. The plot was okay. People say that this film has a big plot hole. That plot hole being, how did she find the men? She herself answered the plot hole. She said it took her a long time but she managed. Hello people, ever heard of phone books and public registries. There are ways to find people that you know nothing about. The men where staying at a hotel so she could have just gone to the hotel and got there names they signed with. Moving along, the writing was okay. I didn't like the scene at the beginning with the two guys. All they where talking about is women. It had nothing to do with the story and contributed nothing so that part should have been taken out. Other then that the rest of the dialogue was great. I really enjoyed reading the movie. The acting was really good. You could really get into the characters minds and feel there suffering. That's something I didn't feel in Kill Bill. The direction was superb by the same director of The 400 Blows. The camera angles where great. They used the camera angles I like because if a film doesn't have the camera angles I like then it does take away from the experience. This is probably the longest review I have ever written. It just goes to show you how much I love this film. If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock and foreign films then this is the perfect film for you.

Eduardo Tobias
Eduardo Tobias

Super Reviewer

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