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Diabolique (Criterion Collection) (1954)

Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, more...
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, France, Film Noir, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The greatest film that Alfred Hitchcock never made, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique is set in a provincial boarding school run by headmaster Michel Delasalle (Paul Meurisse). A ruthless lothario, he becomes the target of a murder plot concocted by his long-suffering invalid wife Christina (Vera Clouzot, the director's own spouse) and his latest mistress, an icy teacher played by Simone Signoret. A dark, dank thriller with a much-imitated "shock" ending, Diabolique is a masterpiece of Grand Guignol suspense. The simple murder plot goes haywire, and Michel's corpse disappears, prompting strange rumors of his reappearance which grow more and more substantial as the film careens wildly towards its breathless conclusion. Later remade as a greatly inferior 1996 Hollywood feature with Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • New digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Selected-scene commentary by French-film scholar Kelley Conway
  • New video introduction by Serge Bromberg, codirector of Henri-Georges Clouzots Inferno
  • New video interview with novelist and film critic Kim Newman
  • Original theatrical trailer



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