Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
France/Italy, 1968. Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica. Adaptation and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich. Cinematography by Raoul Coutard. Produced by Marcel Berbert, Oscar Lewenstein. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Production Design by Pierre Guffroy. Film Editing by Claudine Bouche. Golden Globe Awards 1968.
Francois Truffaut pays marvelous tribute to Alfred Hitchcock with this thriller. Jeanne Moreau is excellent as a vengeful wife whose intention it is to kill the entire group of men responsible for the murder of her husband on her wedding day. One by one she ingratiates herself into their lives, carefully cornering them until she can do away with each one and get away clean. When the law starts to catch up to her, she manages to still have a bigger plan in mind than you ever expected. Great music by Hitchcock’s favourite composer Bernard Herrmann and a brilliant screenplay taken from a novel by Cornell Woolrich make for a great thriller.