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The Bride Wore Black


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🎙️ EPISODE 492: 06.20.22

The rules of TRUE RANDOM are simple: if I can find the randomly selected title, I must watch it. By and large, this ends up being a collection of garbage movies and/or middle-of-the-road meh affair, but occasionally it hits on something: a hidden gem, a totally serviceable war movie, a homophobic Star Wars spoof. Lately, the Gods of T.R. have been on a real francocentric kick. But, with the good, comes the bad; this is T.R.'s mantra in the end, and it works both ways and sometimes sideways. For example, today's picture: clearly the work, if not a minor work, of one of those "classic cinema names" that have thus far alluded me. In theory, I would love to do a Director Focus one day on François Truffaut, but TRUE RANDOM trumps those plans, any and all plans, really. It is a way of life now.
The action / plot is a little bewildering and its premise is flimsy at best, but it looks tremendous and the big old film score by the legend Bernard Herrmann hits hard, especially when he interpolates the main theme of "Here Comes the Bride" (used as bed music on the pod episode FYI). The whole thing ends up feeling kind of pointless. As a revenge movie, it feels like it doesn't quite earn it, and as a mystery, it feels half-baked and unambitious. I think it's considered minor Truffaut and I hope that's accurate. Till we meet again, Mr. Truffaut. I know you ain't no dummy...



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EPISODE 491 - (YOU ARE HERE) - EPISODE 493 ⫸

The Bride Wore Black (French: La Mariée était en noir) is a 1968 French film directed by François Truffaut and based on the novel of the same name by William Irish, a pseudonym for 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 a deranged widow murders the man who accidentally shot her husband on her wedding day, as well as his four friends. She wears only white, black or a combination of the two. It was released on April 17, 1968.

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