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The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black

A Feature film by François Truffaut

Produced by Les films du Carrosse, Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica, Les Productions Artistes Associés

Release in France : 17/04/1968

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After trying to commit suicide, the widow Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau) pretends to her mother that she will leave her town. Actually she stays, chases and assassinates the five men that accidentally killed her beloved husband in the stairs of the church immediately after their wedding ceremony.


Critical reaction

The film received hostile criticism in France on its original release, and Truffaut later admitted that he no longer liked the film, and that the critics were right. During the 1983 Chicago International Film Festival, Truffaut was asked which of his films he would change if he could. He named this film, saying that it was the first time "we" had worked in color and the emotional tone of many scenes came out wrong. In fact, two years earlier, Truffaut had made Fahrenheit 451 in England in color with Nicholas Roeg as his cinematographer. Clarification became available in 2009, when Robert Osborne introduced Turner Classic Movie's showing of The Bride Wore Black. Cinematographer Raoul Coutard, who had worked with Truffaut on five previous films, had already made several color films with Godard and had his own ideas on shooting. Coutard and Truffaut had multiple day-long arguments, and in many scenes direction to the actors was provided by the film's star, Jeanne Moreau. At the film's premiere, Truffaut was tormented by the contrast between the emotional notes he had intended to give the actors and the finished film, but he had been too discreet in 1983 to admit the depths of his disappointment or to blame Coutard even indirectly.

Despite the critical reaction, it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was also a financial success, having 1,274,411 and 867,293 cinema admissions in France and Spain respectively. In addition the film grossed $2,000,000 in rentals worldwide.

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Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean-Louis Richard, François Truffaut

Author of original work :

William Irish

Screenwriters :

François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard

Sound Recordist :

René Levert

Editor :

Claudine Bouché

Production Designer :

Pierre Guffroy

Music Director :

André Girard

Dialogue Writers :

Jean-Louis Richard, François Truffaut

Producers :

Dino De Laurentiis, François Truffaut, Marcel Berbert

Director of Photography :

Raoul Coutard

Production Manager :

Georges Charlot

Music Composer :

Bernard Hermann

Additional Music :

Antonio Vivaldi

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Feature film

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Italy, France

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Majority French (Italy, France)

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1 h 47 min

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