The Bride Wore Black

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Julie (Jeanne Moreau) is the young widow who seeks revenge for the death of her husband. She targets her victims for demise and sets out to knock them off one by one. The first victim is pushed from a balcony, the second is poisoned in his own home. She poses as Diane the Huntress and shoots the artist with her bow and arrow. A pretentious man is locked in a closet and sealed off to die. Julie willfully confesses her murders to a priest who is helpless to break the silence by his religious vows of the sanctity of confession. When the last man is found to be locked in jail, Julie conspires to get herself arrested to gain access to the unfortunate prisoner.


Jeanne Moreau
as Julie Kohler
Daniel Boulanger
as Delvaux/Holmes
Alexandra Stewart
as Miss Becker
Christophe Brunot
as Morane's Son
Maurice Garrel
as Plaintiff
Luce Fabiole
as Julie's mother
Sylvine Delannoy
as Mrs. Morane
Christophe Bruno
as Cookie Morane
Van Doude
as Inspector Fabri
Paul Pavel
as Mechanic
Maurice Garell
as Plaintiff
Gilles Quéant
as Examining Magistrate
Renaud Fontanarosa
as 2nd Musician
Elisabeth Rey
as Julie as a Child
Jean-Pierre Rey
as David as a Child
Michele Viborel
as Gilberte--Bliss's Fiancee
Mich_le Viborel
as Gilberte, Bliss's fiancee
Daniel Pommereulle
as Fergus's friend
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Critic Reviews for The Bride Wore Black

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3)

  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 6, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 1, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Miss Moreau remains one of the screen's great actresses, and there is a supporting cast of unusual quality.

    Mar 13, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bride Wore Black

  • Apr 28, 2016
    Truffaut making a film as an homage to Hitchcock is inherently interesting, since they were both such legends. This story is about a young woman (Jeanne Moreau) who was widowed on her wedding day when her husband was killed accidentally by five guys messing around with a rifle; she then seeks to kill them one by one, in revenge. She does this in some pretty unbelievable ways unfortunately, though the way she goes about the killing at the end was creative and a nice touch. Moreau is captivating, the dialogue is fun and in keeping with 1968 France, and Truffaut is a master at capturing great shots - but I have to say, he didn't match Hitchcock in creating tension or emotional drama, so this film ends up being a bit 'too cool', and thus falls short. It's certainly worth watching if you like these directors though.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2012
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    This is a spectacular movie. It has a cast to die for, a script with witty dialogue, masterful direction, and a story with copious surprises and wonderful moments. Jeanne Moreau is a treasure, one of the finest actresses to make it on celluloid. The movie is a pleasure to look at - I even love the costume design -, it's rich and has beautiful compositions - the photography of Raoul Coutard is aesthetically exquisite, with an effect at times like a Rothko painting where you get lost staring at the visuals and always getting something new from them and end up finding yourself losing track of time or in this case some plot points. After watching this I was flabbergasted to know that this movie is almost entirely unknown in the horror community, which is a sad fact because it could pass as a French giallo. 'The Bride Wore Black' is more akin to Hitchcok - Truffaut brings in Bernard Hermann who composes a magical score - and it's a waste of time listing how Truffaut has made a homage and he, in this viewer's mind, outdoes Hitchcock a lot of the time in this picture. And although he does outdo Hitchcock sometimes, Truffaut's use of very obvious Hitchcock references can feel like overkill. For those used to Truffaut's more emotional movies, 'The Bride Wore Black' will be a disappointment but it's worth seeing Mr. Truffaut doing something that's emotionally dry but has its own qualities that shouldn't be dismissed.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2011
    Truffaut's fascination for Hitchcock enables him to compose a top-notch, brilliantly executed thriller where revenge hides under two elements: relative beauty and subjective vendetta motors blinding any possible rational thought. So let's see what this film offers: 1) Jeanne Moreau > Uma Thurman. 2) On the day of her wedding, her fiancée is assassinated by five men. Does that smell like <i>Kill Bill</i>? 3) Desperate and alone, she seeks revenge on the five men responsible. It is a task, a mission, and there's nothing that will stop this female revenge machine. Really, are we talking about <i>Kill Bill</i>? 4) That's not all. Also, the events are told in a non-chronological way. The tragedy is seen through flashbacks. 5) Wait! Also, every time she gets rid of one of the men, she crosses the man's name with a pen on a list she wrote down on a small notebook! Goddamn it, Tarantino; you endless, thieving rip-off! Memorable scenes form a provocative and influential thriller, in its best French style! 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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