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The cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife (Vera Clouzot) and the mistress he brazenly flaunts (Simone Signoret). The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.
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…
Despite having a wickedly clever ending filled with twists and suspense, the journey to get all the way there was rather monotonous.
Part of my 2012-1932 project
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!
This is the most Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made. Loved it!
a non-stop 2 hour thriller that is more effective then most modern day horror or thriller films. Unfortunately the subtitles for this movie are not the best and the speech is so quick it can sometimes be hard to follow. Once you gain control of the pace however you will be hooked. The story is so great and for it's time period pretty shocking. Very similar to something Hitchcock would have made. Such a fantastic story full of murder and surprise. So glad to have watched it. I suggest everyone check this one out finally.
Ah, the twists!
Perhaps a bit slow when compared to modern movies, but overall very enjoyable to watch.
Two women, one the ailing wife of an abusive private school principal, the other his mistress, plot and then kill him. The plan goes off perfectly, except the corpse disappears.
The tension in Diabolique starts slowly, the way a rubber band stays loose at first as you twist it upon itself. Eventually it snaps, as the wife (Véra Clouzot) — and, by proxy, the viewer — finally does.
I love the opening scene. As the two women are talking quietly, we realize the one who wears sunglasses that hide a black eye must be the mistress, and the other the wife, to the same man. He abuses not just the two women but the staff as well, in this scene…
Qué mala sombra tenía Clouzot, qué buenísimo era. Y qué miedo me sigue dando esta película.
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Diabolique is a deliciously twisted and thrilling murder-mystery story, that is strengthened by a fantastic and suspenseful final act, but unfortunately there is a lot of wasted time in the build up that means as a whole it isn't as gripping as it should be.
I can definitely see why Hitchcock was so interested in the screenplay and it would have been interesting to see how he handled the material, which has a lot of similarities to Psycho. However I felt Diabolique was lacking much of the constant tension and terror that a film like Psycho possesses, and so when the denouement arrived, it was lacking a certain something to really leave an impact on me.
"Don't be devils! Don't ruin the interest your friends could take in this film. Don't tell them what you saw. Thank you, for them."
The Nouvelle Vague bros were wrong about Clouzot.
It's often nice to step back into foreign classic cinema to see what was happening around the world during a pretty sharp rise in American cinema. Les Diaboliques shows how Clouzot was creating a very similar mystery thriller to the types of movies Hitchcock was starting to launch in the United States.
What's amazing is how many parallels you can draw to Hitchcock's other masterpieces (Vertigo and Psycho) and how this became a jumping point for his masterpieces.
It's a great thriller that had me guessing to the end. The composition of frames was given meticulous detail and the ending was one of the most suspenseful and downright creepy scenes I had seen from any movie from that time period. Furthermore, with no score, the movie relies on the visual suspense rather than the artificial injection of music to ramp up tension. Overall a great thriller.