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The cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife (Vera Clouzot) and the mistress he brazenly flaunts (Simone Signoret). The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.
Blending together the elements of horror & mystery in a seamless manner, cleverly using its available resources to provide a sense of dread & uncertainty, and efficiently sustaining its tense atmosphere from start to finish, Diabolique (also known as Les Diaboliques) is one of the finest examples of its genre(s) that simply refuses to age despite being nearly 60 years old.
The story concerns the wife of a cruel headmaster who, along with the help of her husband's mistress, devises a plan to murder him, and after careful arrangement manages to successfully execute it without leaving behind any traces. However, things are ultimately set in motion when the body mysteriously disappears from site after which a number of strange occurrences ensue.
The cold sweat, the uncontrollable trembling, the heavy breathing, the pressure on the chest, the burdensome weight felt by the knees, the inability to move, the faintness of the voice, the paralyzed mind. It’s fear, taking over. The artistry with which Henri-Georges Clouzot produces fear, sustains it and shows its crushing effects in Les Diaboliques elevate not only the film but the horror genre altogether. It is one of those rare occasions when the destabilizing nature of uncertainty, the sheer sense of dread and the spine-chilling force of fear are not taken for granted, but skillfully and vividly conveyed. Les Diaboliques is a film so effectively shrouded in mystery and delusion that it becomes a psychological assault of mind-boggling conviction.…
I finished this film just moments ago, and I immediately want to go tell the world what I just saw. But I cant. Because at the end, a little message scrolled past that told me not to ruin the surprise. Diabolique is very interesting in the fact that a movie released in 1955, 58 years ago, is still making its audiences keep quiet about the ending. I have to thank the fans of the movie who didnt spoil this for me, and I will become one of those people who will carry the secret of this film to my grave.
Well, thats a little extreme, but I feel its justified in this context. The twist is simple, but planned…
Sometimes Life is just unfair!
1st: You have a weak Heart!
2nd: Marry the wrong Person!
3rd: Then this wrong Person screws around with a shady Person!
3rd: When you finally get rid of that wrong Person, even then they can't let go of you!
I got the Ending long before the credits rolled, but for a short period I thought that it would be to Dark for that Time era.
Boy/Girl was I wrong!
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Don't you believe in Hell?
My first film from director Henri-Georges Clouzot and with this one film he already rivals Alfred Hitchcock as a master film maker and master of suspense. For me to admit that, it's kinda huge. Hitchcock is my favorite director of that era hands down.
Diabolique is just that brilliant. Not just because of it's ending, plotting or execution, but it's brilliant as a whole. It manages to keep you glued to the screen and make you witness something for almost 2 hours without knowing you're witnessing it.
Part of my 2012-1932 project
If there has ever been a movie equipped with the ability to have the viewer(s) glued to the screen while chewing on their arms as they have no nails nor fingers left, it must be Les diaboliques.
I had no doubts about Clouzot's claim to the throne of French master of suspence, after having seen La salaire de la peur, but Les diaboliques is a step up in my book.
It takes its time, meticulously building up to the crime, and establishing motives. And although it's nowhere near boring, the true perfection is the second half, when the suspence is turned up to 11. Incredible tension, and here we're also treated to some great direction from Clouzot as well, especially in the build up to the penultimate scene. Masterful!
Murder doesn't always go the way you it too. The original "Best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock didn't make".
i'm never gonna complain about my bathroom having a shower and not a bath again
i got way more than i bargained for with this one #fuckmyshitup
What a twist!
Still got it after all these years. Not a single note of incidental music throughout the whole film but despite (or possibly because) of this it has some very tense moments. It also has some Hitchcockian shots, which is ironic as evidently Hitchcock saw this and was inspired to make Psycho.
Maybe I missed something? I can see how this would be fresh and innovative back in 1955 but I found it to be dull, predictable, and severely lacking in suspense, thrills, chills, etc. Some good things: really good set-up. It was cool to see where The House on Sorority Row drew its inspiration from. The acting was really good, the black-and-white photography was great, and the opening theme was very chilling. Maybe it's just because I've read way too many Tales from the Crypt comics with this (almost) exact plot, but I totally knew exactly what was going on when a detail about the wife was revealed. Granted, the very end of it has a neat twist I didn't expect…
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I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering how this would end, who did what, if certain things really happened, thinking things didn't make sense but then realizing that they do...the ending was a neat little surprise, though one small-ish thing kind of bugged me, but it left me feeling satisfied. And this movie was gorgeous as well! Nothing like a black and white movie to really make the shadows come alive.
Not going to say much. Not allowed to spoil the ending, and don't want to even spoil the plot too much....I will say I look forward to watching it again now that I know what happens.
Where to start? Some terrifically pointed dialogue that sounds all the more meaner in the French tongue. A profoundly tragic performance from Vera Clouzot, who manages to garner a tremendous amount of sympathy for an attempted murderer. A heavy, fevered climax draped in perfectly painted shadows with meticulously timed movement to enhance the about-to-burst tension. And the twist totally fucking got me.
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Clouzot is clearly no Clouseau when it comes to filmmaking. Diabolique is a film lovingly crafted with all the components that make the film-watching experience so great. A dark and twisting tale that's injected with a healthy balance of humor and humanity to level it its thrills. A noticeably Hitchcockian effort of might be, but it doesn't exist as a copycat and has a strong identity of its own. It oozes a stylish and gritty atmosphere that complements the equally deteriorated morality that the film deals with belonging to the protagonists as well as the antagonists. Every step of the story walks on a consistently thin line that's keeps you on edge, only to…
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