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Diabolique (29-Jan-1955)

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).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Michel Serrault
24-Jan-1928 29-Jul-2007 La cage aux folles
Simone Signoret
25-Mar-1921 30-Sep-1985 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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