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Diabolique ( diaboliques, Les ) (1955) Movie Information

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Henri-Georges Clouzot


Simone Signoret
Véra Clouzot
Charles Vanel
Michel Serrault
Paul Meurisse





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After a wife and a man's mistress Kill her husband, the body mysteriously disappears as the two women appear cursed.

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A completely involving and suspenseful noir/horror film. The sense of foreboding that falls over the entire movie is unshakable and the plot is rooted in solid characters, so that when the twist ending eventually occurs, it makes sense and doesn't seem to come out of left field. A film about jealousy and dread.

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An original master of suspense, before Hitchcock. Even if you figure out what's going on, the atmosphere and characters and a sense of dread create a true masterpiece of horror.

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Truly masterful. Not to be missed for the horror lover.

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A story that revolves around a rude Michel Delassalle (Meurisse) has ulterior motives aginst his wife Christina (Clouzot). A science teacher and friend of Christina, Nicole Horner (Signoret), helps her with her marital concerns. Alfred Fichet (Vanel) helps with Christina's dilemma. Plot was intricate and screenplay clever for its time. Some memorable lines: "Don't you think life is hard enough?" by Christina and "I don't have any regrets." "It doesn't always go as you want it. That's life." by Nicole. Direction was detailed, pace was perfect, build of of tense scenes and humor really good. This film is faultless and background support were wonderful. Had one of the well executed twists for its genre. Diabolique is an entertaining look at jealousy, crime, justice and malicious inte...

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03/30/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"You dream too much about water in this house."

Hitchcock once told a story of a man who wrote him a letter. It seems the man's wife had seen Psycho and would no longer take a shower. She had also seen Diabolique and would no longer take a bath. HItchcock's advice to the man? Send her to the dry cleaners. Clouzot is as close as one is likely to get to Hitchcock as far as mastery of suspense is concerned. The dread he creates is palpable, and is all the more remarkable for how little he uses to manufacture it: an empty swimming pool, a young boy's story, a freshly cleaned suit, and so forth. Although the story has been told countless times since (including a deplorable Sharon Stone remake), it has seldom been done this effectively. And you'll never look at bathtubs the same way again . . . .

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