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Diabolique (Les diaboliques) (1955)

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Simone Signoret Simone Signoret
Nicole Horner
Véra Clouzot Véra Clouzot
Christina Delassalle
Paul Meurisse Paul Meurisse
Michel Delassalle
Charles Vanel Charles Vanel
Alfred Fichet, le commissaire
Jean Brochard Jean Brochard
Plantiveau, le concierge
Thérèse Dorny Thérèse Dorny
Mme. Herboux
Michel Serrault Michel Serrault
M. Raymond, le surveillant
Georges Chamarat Georges Chamarat
Dr. Loisy


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A classic

9 years, 9 months ago at Jan 2 17:15
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Since I kept hearing some great things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. Eventually, I was really impressed by the damned thing and I think it completely deserves its stellar reputation. Apparently, back in those days, the biggest rival to Alfred Hitchcock was the French director, Henri-George Clouzot. They were actually both competing to make this movie but, eventually, Clouzo... read more

worthy of Hitchcock

13 years, 6 months ago at Apr 27 16:52
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Clouzot directs with a cruelty that combines a nastily tangled storyline worthy of Hitchcock with three strong performances (one of which is the beautiful Simone Signoret) and a seedy setting.
There are scenes of physical horror, but Clouzot also sets the flesh creeping with incidences of ordinary nastiness.


The remake with Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri and Sharon... read more

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1 year, 6 months ago at Apr 22 20:30
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Stark, impressionistic photography and a suspenseful, decidedly baroque plot combine to elevate this horror-tinged thriller above the commonplace potboiler fare of the time. "Diabolique" is tonally reminiscent of Hitchcock, albeit more effectively woven with an unmistakable noirish streak. Henri-Georges Clouzot's ingenious direction is conversely realistic and expressionistic, catalysing its drama... read more
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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.
Release date: 21 November 1955
UPC: 037429135020
Tags: Thriller (12), Mystery (10), France (10), French (9), Murder (9), 1950s (8), 1955 (7), Horror (6), Conspiracy (6), Film Noir (6), Drowning (6), Boarding School (5), Crime (4), Swimming Pool (4), Bathtub (4), Heart Attack (4), Drama (3), Hitchcockian (3), Children (2), Pool (2)
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“Stark, impressionistic photography and a suspenseful, decidedly baroque plot combine to elevate this horror-tinged thriller above the commonplace potboiler fare of the time. "Diabolique" is tonally reminiscent of Hitchcock, albeit more effectively woven with an unmistakable noirish streak. Henri-Georges Clouzot's ingenious direction is conversely realistic and expressionistic, catalysing its drama and tension from the conspiring females at the core of the story, spurred by a cool Simone Signoret and an agitated Vera Clouzet.

Loaded with peril, histrionics and disquiet from the outset, "Diabolique" executes a conspiratorial, sinuous storyline without registering as calculated artifice merely for entertainment purposes; the winding narrative course leads to an expected yet satisfy” read more

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