Les Diaboliques

Les Diaboliques

Henri-Georges Clouzot (1954)

112min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this brilliantly nasty thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot, the wife (Vera Clouzot) and mistress (Simone Signoret) of a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) plot together to kill him - but then find his body is missing. The film's graveyard gloom is typified by the oppressive atmosphere of neglect and despair at Meurisse's school, while the final shot marvellously suggests unpleasantness to come - the climax here is one of cinema's most diabolical scenes. This is a masterpiece that easily matches the best of Hitchcock.

Summary

A tyrannical schoolmaster's cruel treatment of both his wife and mistress drives them to conspire to murder him and dispose of the body in the school's swimming pool. However, when the pool is later drained, no body is found and a series of strange events leave them fearful that he may still be alive. Thriller, with Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot and Paul Meurisse. In French and English.

Cast & Crew

Nicole Horner Simone Signoret
Christina Delassalle Vera Clouzot
Michel Delassalle Paul Meurisse
Inspector Fichet Charles Vanel
M Drain Pierre Larquey
M Herboux Noël Roquevert
Plantiveau Jean Brochard
Mme Herboux Thérèse Dorny
Raymond Michel Serrault
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Mar 2011
Drama