A sublimely vitriolic black comedy, which flips moral hypocrisy on its head
Danielle Darrieux is an irresistibly charming praying mantis
An irresistibly vitriolic black and white comedy that is right up there with Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace. The radiant forty-year-old Danielle Darrieux is superb in her portrayal of the benefactress who has everyone in the palm of her hands: however, she does not hesitate to resort to seduction and murder to obtain the money necessary to carry out her charitable works. Well-paced, packed with fantastic jokes, and a cast in great form (Noël-Noël and Alberto Sordi are more than worthy co-stars), La vedova elettrica happily takes us on a stroll through a world where the moral compass has gone berserk. A sublime gem of comic cruelty.
Wealthy widow Brigitte is universally praised for her charity. Apart from her hopeless lover, nobody knows that behind all that generosity lies a heart of darkness: in reality, she attracts rich and dishonest men, borrows money from them and then kills them. However, someone begins to harbour suspicions…