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by Claude Chabrol


Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy. Pierre's wife Clotilde has been weak and sickly for years. Lucienne's husband holds no excitement for her, and he is always away in Paris on business. Pierre is now the vice-mayor, thanks to Paul. Lucienne and Pierre have a secret meeting spot by a lake along a country lane. Pierre's wife dies suddenly, by suicide the town gossips believe. Pierre confesses otherwise to Lucienne. Paul proposes a shady land deal which will "benefit the town", and wants Pierre's political support and collusion. Then Paul discovers proof of his wife's affair...

international title: Wedding in Blood
original title: Les noces rouges
country: France, Italy
year: 1973
genre: fiction
directed by: Claude Chabrol
film run: 95'
screenplay: Claude Chabrol
cast: Stéphane Audran, Michel Piccoli, Claude Piéplu
cinematography by: Jean Rabier
film editing: Jacques Gaillard, Monique Gaillard
art director: Guy Littaye
costumes designer: Karl Lagerfeld
producer: André Génovès
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