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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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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…
As the quote goes: “The greatest Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made.” The French New Wave was but a growing swell when this cagey little thriller hit the scene back in ’55. Crackling with tension (both of the atmospheric and sexual variety) and performed with understated sensuality and dark wit by star Simone Signoret, the story follows a cunning murder plot by two slighted women with a curious connection but even less in common as personalities. Signoret’s Nicole Horner, a teacher at an all-boys boarding school, and headmistress Christina Delasalle (Vera Clouzot, director Henri-Georges’s real life wife), have both been mistreated by Christina’s womanizing dickhead of a husband, Michel (Paul Meurisse), who happens to be Nicole’s lover. But it’s France…
Diabolique isn't particularly interesting technically, but it had me hooked through its suspenseful twists and turns and its thoughtful character studies. What sunk it for me was the unspeakably stupid ending.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The last 30 minutes are as thrilling as film gets, but I kind of struggled with keeping interest during the middle part of the film, something I do with a lot of horror flicks. The impact this film has has though is impeccable. Acting and camerawork is top notch. Highly recommended.
I checked this out as part of my annual end of year drive to cover some quality movies that have eluded me, instead of feasting upon hours and hours of schlock!
What a movie! Hitchcockian in tone, yet building gradually with a quite terrifying level of suspense to a conclusion which is really quite chilling. A great film.
It was ok.
I thought this French thriller from the mid fifties might be quite entertaining (I wouldn't have bought the blu ray otherwise) but as it turns out it's considerably more than that and is something of a masterpiece, a film which really impressed, interested and gripped me. The obvious word to use when describing the film is Hitchcock, it is very Hitchcock-y, although undeniably the Hitchcock films that it most resembles, Psycho and Vertigo were made after it and Vertigo is actually based on a novel by the same writers (Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac) as the novel Les Diaboliques is based upon, the film seems to have inspired Hitchcock just as much as Hitchcock inspired it. I won't say too…
Beautifully shot, good acting, solid plot. Subtitles get in the way a bit in first viewing. Definitely worth another watch. Great suspense and twist at the end.
Unfortunately the masterful unfolding of the plot was spoiled in Robert McKee's even more masterful screenwriting how-to "Story". One can still appreciate the terse narrative, but without the surprises and twists it's like a M. Knight Shama-long joke with a tired punch line.
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