Friday, March 21, 2008
I don't know about that dish served cold cliche, but revenge makes for good drama, as countless examples, from Hamlet to I Spit on Your Grave, have shown. The Bride Wore Black is another 60's classic starring Jeanne Moreau as the force of vengeance in a film that Fançois Trouffaut wrote so that he could give her a role totally different from her character in Jules and Jim. Here she's mean, malicious and pissed off as a woman whose husband was shot dead on her wedding day, who has made a list of the five men responsible with the intention of picking them off one by one.
If this sounds a bit like Kill Bill, it's worth remembering that Quentin Tarantino is a huge Truffaut fan, and it's easy to see why. I had forgotten what fun Truffaut films were at one time. La Mariée était en noir is snappy, trashy, pop pleasure, sort of a French take on Hitchcock. While we're drawing connections, let's note that Truffaut was a huge Hitchcock fan and even got Bernard Hermann to do the score here. The web of connections from artist to artist is its own language, and there's a real joy revealed in a clever homage. The Bride Wore Black is fun because we get to watch a great director, with a strong visual sense, having fun telling a dark story.
Posted by Rufus at 8:33 AM