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Les Diaboliques is a mystery thriller from French director Henri-Georges Clouzot about a triangle relationship that leads to murder.The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
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.
A thrilling classic that more than lives up to its name! Taut, suspenseful plot that's wickedly delicious!
Packed with powerhouse performances by Véra Clouzot, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse!
Christina Delassalle (Véra Clouzot) may have something to hide but her see-through nightie reveals all!
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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…
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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!
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Horror Before Halloween
The keys in the pool, the husband in the morgue! You dream too much about water in this house!
- Alfred Fichet
I can't possibly imagine what it would be like living with oneself after having committed a murder. The guilt or, perhaps even more prevalent, the fear of being found out by the authorities would surely turn most insane. Paranoia would set in and soon enough one would avoid social interactions, or at least, that's how I see it.
The story is difficult to talk in detail about without spoiling some things, so I shan't talk about any specific plot points at all; but if you know of the structure that Hitchcock followed…
A French "horror" film with a better reputation than it deserves.
The story was good and the last 15 minutes are so are quite memorable but it does suffer being almost 60 years old. Oh how I wish I could watch classic movies at the time of their release.
I like this film even more if I think of it as an episode of Columbo.
“To commit suicide in the Seine, one doesn't need to undress.”
Henri-Georges Clouzot demonstrates his mastery of tension and suspense in this 50s psychological thriller. Michel Delassalle, headmaster of a boys boarding school, is such a beastly man that his wife Christina and mistress Nicole are in cahoots to dispatch him in a most permanent way.
Using shadow, deep focus and careful staging, Clouzot crafts naturalistic scenes that can be filled with the power of suggestion. Like suspending dripping garments on a washing line, he methodically hangs the story out piece by piece, always building with the striking conclusion in mind. The scene towards the end where Christina explores the corridor is a beautiful melding of performance, space, shadow and sound design, to bone-chilling effect!
Amongst other things, this was a movie that Hitchcock loved and which may very well have served as inspiration for Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960)!
Boys' school headmistress and actual mistress kill husband/lover then lose body. Mystery and suspense ensue.
I liked this, but have a difficult time watching films like this from a modern perspective - they just seem way too slow. I've seen the modern remake. Still, the whole thing seemed very well stitched up and taught. The cold-bloodedness of the two women was striking and pushed the story forward. The schoolboys and the local detective supplied a bit of light relief.
A classic for good reason, I think. I'll have to watch it again somewhere down the line.
Really suspenseful, mystery film that only builds and builds as it progresses.
Not without its flaws, but this one had me guessing right until the very end.
"If you believe her! Two words three lies."
Such a thrilling masterpiece, that builds into a intense climax. A film that managed to take me by complete surprise when I first saw it years ago, which says a lot for a sixth year old film. The direction is intricate and thoughtful in its portrayl of the story.
Slow burning mystery pays off in a big way, and sets a ton of formative cinematic language into effect en route. It's "Rope" meets "The Shining", as two murderous women are forced to believe their victim has regained consciousness as part of a vengeful, supernatural agenda. The aforementioned Kubrickian head-melter is just one of the classics influenced by Diabolique's flair, other pretenders including "The Exorcist" and "House on Sorority Row". As a mediation on guilt and trauma, they don't come much crisper.
I prefer Clouzot's other classic, The Wages of Fear. My main problem with Diabolique is Véra Clouzot and the fragile character she plays. Weakest link of the plan, also weakest link of the screenplay. Whether it's her doubt, guilt, conscience or her nerves, she overplays it. Perhaps also because Signoret does a better job playing a more determined role. However, the interaction between the two isn't delicate enough to feed the mystery that follows after the body disappears. Key scene here is the fight they have. Sort of a giveaway that smothers most of the suspense in the final part. It does prove its (horror) status in the ending, but much of what happened before didn't entirely work for me.
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