Original Title: Les diaboliques
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writers: Henri-Georges Clouzot; Jérôme Geronimi; René Masson; Frédéric Grendel
From novel: Celle qui n'était plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
Music by: Georges van Parys
Producer: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Keywords: Crime, Film Noir, France
The cruel headmaster of a second-rate boarding school is murdered by his wife and mistress, both of whom teach at the school. Then the corpse disappears; is he still alive? Taut psychological thriller. Hitchcock tried to obtain the directorship of this film, but was late by 30 minutes. Won a special Edgar award for Best Foreign Film. Best to avoid entirely the highly inferior remake with Sharon Stone, Diabolique (1996).
||La cage aux folles
||Ship of Fools
|Simone Signoret|| ... Nicole Horner|
|Vera Clouzot|| ... Christina Delassalle|
|Paul Meurisse|| ... Michel Delassalle|
|Charles Vanel|| ... Insp. Fichet|
|Jean Brochard|| ... Plantiveau, Gardener|
|Thérèse Dorny|| ... Mme. Herboux|
|Michel Serrault|| ... M. Raymond, Supervisor|
|Georges Chamarat|| ... Dr. Loisy|
|Robert Dalban|| ... Mechanic|
|Camille Guerini|| ... Photographer|
|Jacques Hilling|| ... Morgue Employee|
|Jean Lefebvre|| ... Soldier|
|Aminda Montserrat|| ... Mme. Plantiveau|
|Jean Temerson|| ... Bellboy|
|Jacques Varennes|| ... Prof. Bridoux|
|Georges Poujouly|| ... Soudieu|
|Yves-Marie Maurin|| ... Moinet, Schoolboy|
|Noël Roquevert|| ... M. Herboux|
|Pierre Larquey|| ... M. Drain, Schoolmaster|
Review by charliebear (Old Lion) (posted on 14-May-2009)
At the ending of the film I simply sat in my seat and gazed at the blank screen realizing I had truly been had.
It was a terrific film with a first rate cast and director.
It is one of the films I shall never forget.
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