The Bride Wore Black ★★★★½

A year after publishing his book-length chat with Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut took it to the next level by making this loving homage to Hitch. (Like Brian De Palma's Obsession, it comes complete with a Bernard Herrmann score.) Jeanne Moreau is the titular ebony-clad woman, who goes around picking off men she believes to be responsible for the murder of her husband on their wedding day (right outside the church after the ceremony, no less). If the premise sounds familiar to those who've seen Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill -- wherein Uma Thurman takes a heavy hit on her wedding day and spends the film exacting revenge -- well, Truffaut's film is likely one of many that fed Q's imagination that time out (along with They Call Her One-Eye). In any event, this is terrific, stylish entertainment; I wouldn't call it "Hitchcockian" so much as possibly the best Hitchcock film Hitch never made.