The Bride Wore Black
(La Mariée était en noir
) is a 1968 French film
directed by François Truffaut
and based on the novel of the same name
by Cornell Woolrich
. It stars Jeanne Moreau
, Charles Denner
, Alexandra Stewart
, Michel Bouquet
, Michael Lonsdale
, Claude Rich
, and Jean-Claude Brialy
It is a revenge film in which five men make a young bride a widow on her wedding day. She takes her revenge, methodically killing each of the five men using various methods.
Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau
) is introduced to us trying to commit suicide, only to be stopped by her mother (Luce Fabiole) before she jumps from her window. She is in black clothing and in obvious grief, but the reason is not yet revealed. Suddenly, Julie changes her attitude and informs her mother of her decision to take a long trip to forget. Yet, apparently, this is not what she has in mind, since she gets on the train in the presence of her young niece and then right afterwards steps down from the other side. From this point on it is clear that she has something else in mind.
The next time we see her, her hair is changed, she is in white and looking for a man called Bliss. Bliss Claude Rich, a ladies' man, is having a party on the eve of his wedding but when Julie shows up mysteriously uninvited and totally attractive, he cannot resist the temptation to approach her and try to find out whether she is a figure of his past.
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.
The film was the inspiration for Kate Bush
's song "The Wedding List" on her album Never for Ever
Although Kill Bill by Quentin Tarantino tells a very similar story, Tarantino has stated that he has never seen the film.