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Diabolique (1955)

Les diaboliques (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 21 November 1955 (USA)
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.

Director:

(as H.G. Clouzot)

Writers:

(novel) (as Boileau), (novel) (as Narcejac) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christina Delassalle (as Vera Clouzot)
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Alfred Fichet, le commissaire
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Plantiveau, le concierge
Thérèse Dorny ...
Mme. Herboux
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M. Raymond, le surveillant
Georges Chamarat ...
Dr. Loisy
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Le garagiste
Camille Guérini ...
Le photographe (as Camille Guerini)
Jacques Hilling ...
L'employé de la morgue
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Le soldat
Aminda Montserrat ...
Madame Plantiveau
Jean Témerson ...
Le garçon d'hôtel (as Jean Temerson)
Jacques Varennes ...
M. Bridoux, professeur
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Storyline

The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school's filthy swimming pool... but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared - and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his 'killers' (and the audience) up the wall with almost unbearable suspense... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The Great Suspense Film That Shocked the World... And Became A Classic. See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diabolique  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some twelve weeks into the production, Simone Signoret received notice that rehearsals had begun for a stage version of "The Crucible" in which she was starring. She had originally thought there would be no conflict since the shoot was only supposed to go eight weeks and wrap a solid month before The Crucible rehearsals started. Henri-Georges Clouzot would not rearrange the shooting schedule to accommodate her and she had to go straight from the set to rehearsals for the play, get a few hours of sleep in between (maybe) and start over again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Plantiveau, le concierge: Headmaster!
Michel Delassalle: Yes.
Plantiveau, le concierge: Isn't it time I rang the bell?
Michel Delassalle: It's okay. I'll unload the car myself.
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Crazy Credits

The movie ends with a text screen commenting on what the viewer has witnessed, and a request not to spoil the ending for those who are planning to see the movie. See more »

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Oh wow... this is it!
25 August 2000 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is not a legend : after reading Pierre Boileau's novel, Alfred Hitchcock phone the editor in the morning to buy the story for making a film. But another great master, Henri-Georges Clouzot, had phone 30 minutes earlier. Mister Hitchcock was angry! But Hitch couldn't have done better than Clouzot. This is P-E-R-F-E-C-T! The black and white, the dialogues, the acting and even the reclusive French scool of the 1950's. And for the suspense... well every viewer of IMDB had said the same things I could said. So, Diaboliques is the best suspense thriller of all time, and also one of the best movie ever made. Please, I really said please, don't ever watch the remake with Isabelle Adjani and Sharon Stone. There are certains movies that you can't make two times. Like all the Hitchcock and Clouzot films, for example...


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