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|Starring:||Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Claude Brialy, Charles Denner, Claude Rich, Claude Rich, Michael Lonsdale, Daniel Boulanger, Alexandra Stewart, Sylvine Delannoy|
Mariee etait en noir, La
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DisappointingBy HovePaul (21 reviews) from Surrey, England , 24 Sep 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]The Bernard Hermann music is far too spooky for this lightweight film. Jeanne Moreau looked daft in her 60's outfits. There was no tension - light-hearted and bourgeois instead of inscrutable and emotional. A plodding story, it looks like a remake of something better, but I can't be bothered to look.
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Historic interest onlyBy Bronterre (12 reviews) from Brighton , 26 Sep 2009The only interest is seeing what the Hitchcock nut Truffaut made of the genre H made his own: the comedy thriller. Unfortunately, unlike his mate Claude Chabrol, he didn't pull it off. And, in my view, Jeanne Moreau just isn't the femme fatale this role demands, though her stony features would have been an effective foil for humour, had there been any to hand.
A Poorish Conceit?By Nigel Wilson from Helmsley, North Riding of Yorkshire. , 19 Jun 2009I understand that the critics thought poorly of this film and that Truffaut himself came to agree ... though the plot is an amusing enough conceit and Jeanne Moreau plays beautifully throughout. The flaws, however, are glaring: the murder methods, for example, are so chancy and unreliable as to be practically infeasible; the first twenty minutes or so of the film drop so many puzzling hints with so many logical jumps as to be simply muddling: a sort of logical inadequacy seems to be running through. Visually, the filming is also pretty enough, but somehow struck me as no more than humdrum ... a film you can enjoy watching - well performed - but which leaves an annoying emptiness behind.
And yet ...almost; forget the much of the above: in the last twenty minutes everything sharpens up: the earlier flaws remain, but the finish is a climax like a bugle call ... the Sick Call or the Last Post, perhaps!
A very stylish filmBy cinephile (7 reviews) from Warwick , 23 Mar 2009We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jeanne Moreau in this Truffaut film. It may be dated but you cannot deny it's style. And what a cast of french male actors of that time.
The Bride Wore COLOUR!By a customer from Harlow , 16 Nov 2008Like many others, I suspect, I looked this out beacuse of the Kill Bill connection (it having been a great favourite of mine). The obvious comment to make is that Tarantino does splendid work reworking old ideas - in fact, had he been script editor on this it may have had fewer glaring holes in the narrative.
The film has clear nods to Hitchcock but the lighting and colour assault you in a way that only late 60s and 70s films can. It is almost like Carry On or Adventures of a Windowcleaner version of a revenge thriller.
Saying that, the concept is cracking and the performances game enough to carry it along and while you would be unlikely to have the thought 'Hey...this is a masterpiece,' you still might think, like I did, that it was a damn enjoyable film with the gaffes forgivable enough in the grand scheme of things.
nice and twistedBy bennygreen (13 reviews) from Greenford , 02 Oct 2008enjoyed this movie. read some of the reviews and kind of agree. however i though the movie was great. really dark, perverted and twisted with some suspense. i like all that 50s ish anyway, french, sub titles, black and white. say no more.