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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…
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.
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.
Superb paranoid woman horror thriller.
Les Diaboliques (1955) - 8
Henri-Georges Clouzot film that inspired Hitchcock to make "Psycho".
As a movie intending to play with the viewers nerves it's a much more accomplished than "Psycho" and has all the merit in the way it achieves so. Very sagacious, it never runs into the error of predictability nor does it give too many clues, I even felt a guilty pleasure from its genially diabolical final, it left me with a grin on my face. The cinematic style, however, is a bit dated and less fleshed out than the beautiful "Psycho", so it has less aesthetic appeal to me. If it had the same fleshed out aesthetics as "Psycho", it would be perfect. Mandatory watch for any cinephile!
Holy monkey damn!
Nearly flawless suspense with
A hint of horror!
The first rule of Les Diabolique is you don't talk about Les Diabolique, so I will just say this: Les Diabolique > Dial M for Murder > Double Indemnity > Gaslight
Film die uitblinkt in plotconstructie, ritme en heerlijk gegoochel met rekwisieten (een rieten man, een kostuum, aansteker, katapult). Clouzot kent zijn klassieken en speelt er met zichtbaar plezier mee. De scène waarin Vera Clouzot door de gangen van de school dwaalt is ook nu nog ijzingwekkend spannend, dankzij perfecte shotcomposities, het spel met lichtuitsparingen en nauwkeurige montage.
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