Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: La Sirene Du Mississipi
France/Italy, 1969. Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Produzioni Associate Delphos. Adaptation and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich. Cinematography by Denys Clerval. Produced by Marcel Berbert. Music by Antoine Duhamel. Production Design by Claude Pignot. Costume Design by Yves Saint-Laurent. Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.
Anyone who had any inclination to see the ridiculous Original Sin starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas should skip it and see this version of Cornell Woolrich’s story. Dedicated to Jean Renoir, this Francois Truffaut thriller stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as a French plantation owner on an African island who sends for a mail-order bride. When she arrives in the form of Catherine Deneuve, he is surprised to see a different woman than the one in the picture he was sent, but goes along with it anyway because, let’s face it, Catherine Deneuve is what we really want no matter what. All goes well in their marriage until he starts to suspect that his perfectly beautiful wife isn’t all she originally said she was. Should he continue to investigate the matter and risk losing the woman of his dreams, or is it best to leave it all alone? Terrific, crafty thriller with delicious Hitchcockian overtones.