Les Noces rouges (Wedding in Blood) (1973)
Chabrol does Hitchcock--again--in Wedding in Blood. Two unhappily married people (Michel Piccoli and Stephane Audran) conspire to knock off her husband. But they'd better hurry, or they'll be beaten to the punch by their victim. According to Chabrol, Wedding in Blood is based on a factual story. It was originally issued in France as Les Noces Rouges.
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Farse? Satire? Hmm, seems like more of the same to me to be honest. Don't get me wrong, I really like Claude Chabrol but Les Noces rouges seems to be a bit of a filler as far as his portfolio goes. The acting is good though and it's visually pleasing as you'd expect, it's just that the story seems, ever so familiar. I think the fact it was banned for a short time was serendipity in disguise but I digress, it's still worth a watch especially if you're familiarising yourself with the great Chabrol's work.More
Though it finally takes itself a little too seriously and ends rather perfunctorily, for the most part this comedy - about an increasingly flagrant extramarital affair which results in a double murder - is delightfully entertaining. It does take a few satirical sideswipes at corrupt politicians, which no doubt contributed to the film's temporary ban in France, but "Les Noces Rouges" works best as a simple, unpretentious bed-hopping farce. I, for one, never need much of an excuse to look at Stéphane Audran, or the Citroën DS, for that matter, however Jean Rabier's lovely autumnal photography is certainly a bonus. The film also boasts a splendidly mournful, Bernard Herrmann-esque score by Pierre Jansen. Acting honours go to Audran and Claude Piéplu, as her slimy, chain-smoking, cuckolded husband.More
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