Wedding in Blood

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Wedding in Blood
Wedding in Blood FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byAndré Génovès
Written byClaude Chabrol
StarringStéphane Audran
Michel Piccoli
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byJacques Gaillard
Monique Gaillard
Release date
  • April 1973 (1973-04)
Running time
95 minutes

Wedding in Blood, also known as Red Wedding in the UK (French: Les Noces rouges) is a 1973 French thriller film directed by Claude Chabrol.[1] It was entered into the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


In a small French town, filmed in Valençay, the deputy mayor Pierre is having an affair of snatched meetings with Lucienne, the mayor's wife. So that they can be together more often, Pierre poisons his sickly wife without anybody suspecting and Lucienne then starts visiting his house at night. Her husband Paul, aware of what's happening, blackmails Pierre into supporting a dubious land deal. To escape this, the two lovers decide to get rid of Paul, who they kill on a lonely road and set fire to the car. Under orders from Paris, the police treat it as an accident, until they receive a letter from Lucienne's teenage daughter who has deduced the whole story. When arrested, the guilty couple do not deny their crimes. Incredulous, the police inspector asks them; "Why didn't you just leave? Go and live somewhere else?" Bemused, they reply; "We never thought of that."

The plot comes from a real event in the little town of Bourganeuf in 1970. René Balaire, a heating engineer, was found burned to death in his car, from which his wife Yvette had escaped unharmed. The police investigation found that he had died from a revolver bullet fired by her lover Bernard Cousty, who had previously killed his own wife.



  1. ^ "Wedding in Blood". Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  2. ^ " Awards for Wedding in Blood". Retrieved 29 June 2010.

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