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Writers:
Pierre Boileau (novel) and
Thomas Narcejac (novel) ...
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Release Date:
21 November 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See it, be amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT! (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Macabre and depressing story makes for somber viewing See more (141 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Simone Signoret ... Nicole Horner

Véra Clouzot ... Christina Delassalle (as Vera Clouzot)
Paul Meurisse ... Michel Delassalle

Charles Vanel ... Alfred Fichet, le commissaire

Jean Brochard ... Plantiveau, le concierge
Thérèse Dorny ... Mme. Herboux
Michel Serrault ... M. Raymond, le surveillant
Georges Chamarat ... Dr. Loisy
Robert Dalban ... Le garagiste
Camille Guérini ... Le photographe (as Camille Guerini)
Jacques Hilling ... L'employé de la morgue
Jean Lefebvre ... Le soldat
Aminda Montserrat ... Madame Plantiveau
Jean Témerson ... Le garçon d'hôtel (as Jean Temerson)
Jacques Varennes ... M. Bridoux, professeur

Georges Poujouly ... Soudieu, un élève
Yves-Marie Maurin ... Moinet, une jeune Moynet
Noël Roquevert ... M. Herboux
Pierre Larquey ... M.Drain, professeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Pierre Bonnefous ... Le jeune De Gascuel (uncredited)
Christian Brocard ... Un homme à la morgue (uncredited)
Jean Clarieux ... Le chauffeur (uncredited)
Henri Coutet ... L'employé de la morgue (uncredited)
Michel Dumur ... Le jeune Ritberger (uncredited)

Johnny Hallyday ... Un élève (uncredited)
Henri Humbert ... Patard, le jeune Patard (uncredited)
Roberto Rodrigo ... Le petit Jose (uncredited)
Madeleine Suffel ... La dégraisseuse (uncredited)
Jimmy Urbain ... Un élève (uncredited)

Directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot  (as H.G. Clouzot)
 
Writing credits
Pierre Boileau (novel "Celle qui n'était plus") (as Boileau) and
Thomas Narcejac (novel "Celle qui n'était plus") (as Narcejac)

Henri-Georges Clouzot (scenario and dialogue) (as H.G. Clouzot) and
Jérôme Géronimi (scenario and dialogue) (as Jérôme Geronimi)

René Masson (collaboration) &
Frédéric Grendel (collaboration)

Produced by
Henri-Georges Clouzot .... producer (as H.G. Clouzot)
Georges Lourau .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Georges Van Parys 
 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gug 
 
Art Direction by
Léon Barsacq 
 
Costume Design by
Carven (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Anatole Paris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jeanne Witta .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Louis de Masure .... production manager
Georges Testard .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Romanoff .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (as William-Robert Sivel)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Dicop .... assistant camera
Daniel Diot .... assistant camera
Robert Juillard .... camera operator
Jean Lallier .... camera operator
Louis Née .... camera operator (as Louis Nee)
Jacques Robin .... camera operator
Robert Joffres .... still photographer (uncredited)
Léo Mirkine .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Heinz .... English version
Jeanne Witta-Montrobert .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les diaboliques" - France (original title)
"The Devils" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
116 min | UK:92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (A.R.T.E.C.)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (1968) | Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Finland:K-18 (1956) | France:U (Visa #14131) | France:-16 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 | Italy:16+ (original rating) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:16 (2012) (DVD) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:12A | UK:15 (re-rating) (1985) | UK:X (original rating) (1955) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
French visa # 14131 delivered on 26-1-1955.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Why does Nicole tell Christina to take off Michel's shoes before they carry him into the bath? Hadn't Christina already taken them off?
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45 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Macabre and depressing story makes for somber viewing, 29 October 1998
Author: Yngvar Myrvold from Tonsberg, Norway

Director Henri Georges Clouzot must not have had a sunny disposition. This movie is painful to watch, the angst-ridden actors bite and hack each other to bloody pieces, and the camera contemplates the action like a vulture, waiting for raw carcasses to dismember. All this, without really showing any violence. It's all in the mind.

Les Diaboliques is shot in black and white, but as I remember it, it was all murky grey. Maybe it was just the worn-out print, maybe it was intentional, but it really worked on me. Like the constant drizzle of October rain, the dirty, bedraggled schoolchildren, the delapidated buildings, the rotten school-lunches! I felt deeply suicidal!

The movie is full of scary scenes, of something unspeakably bad waiting to happen to the "murderesses". The long-awaited bathroom climax is not the most scary part, yet it is a welcome release for all the pent-up emotion, and Vera Clouzot truly appears to be near death. Her features twisted and tortured,her expressive body wretched and thin like a concentration-camp prisoner. She looks to be in real pain.

Les Diaboliques means The Devilish, and the Devil is clearly at work here. I have seldom felt a stronger presence of evil, and Clouzot manages this feat without a single concession to the bloodbath that is the modern horror-movie. This one has influenced everything from "the Exorcist" to "Rosemary's baby", yet still feels like an original, subtle classic. I loved it.

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