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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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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…
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"Die, my sweet. Die quickly. We'll have a nice funeral for you, and we'll finally be rid of you."
Hey, what's in the basket? Wait, wrong movie...
What makes a good twist ending in a film? Ideally, it should be surprising (though this is hugely subjective), should increase the film's quality upon rewatch, should unveil new nuances in the actors' performances, and show allow previously questionable character motivations to be seen in full light. Lots of films have attempted to perfect the twist ending, everything from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Gone Girl, but, as far as I'm concerned, Diabolique tackles this daunting trope to near perfection.
The wife and mistress of…
On the back of the Criterion DVD case it reads, "Before there was Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, There was Diabolique". I already knew this film is considered a classic, but I'd be lying if I said that statement didn't get my expectations up. Those films are considered benchmarks in the thriller genre, and were made by legendary directors like Hitchcock and Polanski. After this my first viewing I must say I feel the comparison to those films is fair. In fact I actually liked it better than Psycho and Repulsion, I haven't gotten around to seeing Peeping Tom yet so I can't make that comparison.
Diabolique, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, is the story of two women, a fragile wife…
Slowly but safely Diabolique casts it's web over the audience, not just with the tight plot but with fantastic direction and a great sense of atmosphere. One of those films that truly deserve to be called a classic.
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31 Days of Horror - Day Eighteen
wife sucks? fake death, get her killed
The perfect post-Halloween movie. Sinister, atmospheric...and by the final frame there are no good guys.
This really does not stand up to logic. I mean, come on, that was the plan the whole time? Was there not an easier way to accomplish that? It's really hard to talk about how little this all makes sense without ruining it, which I doubt anyone is concerned about since this is 60 years old, but still. Also, I figured it out pretty early, so I was proud of myself for that. It's probably just because I'm coming at this with years of knowledge of horror films that were likely inspired by this, but by applying the basic knowledge of horror movie formula (and Scream) this is an easy case to crack.
But hey, still entertaining! Still holds up.
October was a good month for checking off big staples of world cinema (just look at how many five stars I gave throughout the month - crazy) and Diabolique was the last one. When you strip it all back, this is a fantastic thriller and mystery that grips you from beginning to end. I liked the central dynamic between the two women and seeing everything spiral out of control for them one scene at a time is just really sickly entertaining. This is a film that is nearlly 60 years old, it's a testament to how strong and lasting the film is that it's story still works to this day. I knew there was a big twist in the final…
From the very start of the movie, the suspense begins. The teacher of a boarding school and her husband's mistress plan to murder the abusive man. Every action they take, every little mistake, and everything that goes wrong with their plan worsens the Mme.'s heart condition. When you watch this movie, you will feel like you have the heart condition.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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