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See it, be amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT!
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.
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!
The suffocating atmosphere that clasps its hands round the throat of the two women at the heart of its story is but one of the many elements that make Diabolique such a masterful piece of genre cinema. The Hitchcock references are obvious and somewhat a little unfairly associated with the film as it serves to undermine the ingenuity of director Henri-Georges Clouzot.
Set almost exclusively in the grounds of a boarding school, the initial set-up already gives off a stench of immorality that is a time-bomb waiting to explode. Michel, the brutish, strict headmaster lives the best of both worlds married to the worn down Christina whilst openly engaging in an affair with the more confident Nicole. Given his belligerent…
The Good: Cold, eerie, atmospheric, suspenseful, heart-stopping, twisty goodness.
The Bad: I didn't find it as great as the first time I saw it.
The Bottom Line: A.K.A. "I Can't Believe It's Not Hitchcock." The granddaddy of all twist endings comes recommended.
I finished watching this last night, typing this out in a well-lit room with all the lights on in the house.
A thriller hasn't done that to me in I don't know how long! It's an amazing movie and very well put together - a slow build is the best build. The characters of Nicole & Christina were believable and three-dimensional - many differing thoughts and little twists change your thinking on how this will play out. The children in the boarding school were great as well, who swore and acted out and really felt authentic which I don't think you'd see had it been done in Hollywood (I don't think I'll be watching the 1996 remake). That ending was outstanding, an instant classic for me - it gave me a vibe of both Alien & No Country For Old Men. I'll leave it at that.
I have it on DVD and will be upgrading to bluray on the next Criterion sale.
There are rare occasions when you watch a movie and feel you are experiencing something truly special. Clouzot’s Diabolique represents one of those blissful moments. His film experiments with so much, documenting the narrative focus concerning the mystery of hiding a body and escaping from its aftermath without any discernible consequences existing.
Hitchcock, most notably, is famous for it and you can see his fingerprints scattered throughout Diabolique from many of his masterworks - Rope, the clear example. Clouzot, whilst potentially using this influence we recognise, keeps his film his own product. The director weaving mystery from start to finish, always keeping the events compelling and the thrills pulling me near enough in the television. If there’s something to admire…
I've been slowly working my way through the 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die list, but recently hit a bit of a wall after the last couple were a little uninspiring. Thankfully Diabolique was ace, so hopefully things will start to turn around. Great use of lighting and good acting. I don't want to say too much and accidentally spoil anything, but this was well worth watching.
Most movie people tend to get bored with plots pretty quickly. It's not so much snobbery as it is simple saturation - there are only like 7 stories, and 3 of them are knock-offs, so it becomes necessary to focus on greater pleasures like texture, character, performance, craft, and so on. If there's one thing this movie has plenty of, it's texture, built to provoke increasing levels of suspense punctuated by gradually escalating shocks. But it is also perfectly - sublimely, even - plotted. Don't misunderstand - it's not realistic or even remotely plausible, but each turn of the plot flows into the next, and it never doubles back on itself or compromises its own logic. And, as Christina finds out the hard way, once this plot gets going, it is impossible to stop.
Basically a De Palma film, minus the lesbian sex.
Part of me is trying to determine if there's much depth to this film, the other part of me couldn't give a flying fig, the movie was executed so perfectly. It's so apparent and maniacally delightful that Clouzot, like his rival Hitchcock, just wants to put his audience on puppet strings. Take a situation and milk everything out of it. I love it. One question, though: why is the American name for this movie "Diabolique"? At that point, why not just leave it as "Les diaboliques"?
“Diabolique” is the chilling story of a school mistress and a jilted lover who conspire to murder their mutual old flame, the abusive headmaster Michel (Paul Merisse). Charles Venal plays inspector Fichet, whose distinctive appearance and investigative style was the basis of Peter Falk’s “Columbo” TV series.
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school's filthy swimming pool...
I'd heard a lot of good things about Les Diabolique and they proved to be correct. Very dark and suspenseful, the comparisons to Hitchcocks' darker works are valid. It's shot well and the ending must have been quite shocking for that period.
Highly recommended for those who like atmospheric suspense/horror.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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"don't tell them what you saw" the film closes, telling you not to spoil the film for your friends, and I am so happy I had not stumbled upon this. Hitchcockian in its flavour, and highly suspenseful. The performances are strong and are like the great female performances we see in actresses like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
The tension that builds, and the entire concept of what we see is 'diabolical'. A love triangle that leads to consequence. Almost 60 years later this film still holds up its suspense, and for that it is a highly enjoyable thriller.
You puzzle over facts and events, as you do with Hitchcock's famous films like Strangers on a…
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Les Diaboliques is story of two teachers at a private in France who share a common bond: the school’s tyrannical headmaster. Married to one and making a mistress of the other, he abuses the poor women until they finally decide to be rid of him. Drowning him and disposing of the body, it is understandable the women become somewhat unnerved to hear that he’s been seen walking around town. With a private detective hot on their tail, the duo’s fragile allegiance begins to crack.
Les Diaboliques is as near perfect a movie as you will ever get. Clouzot’s direction is taut and he piles on the tension till it becomes unbearable. The performances by Vera Clouzot…
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