Les Diaboliques

Les Diaboliques

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. 4.6 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
Les Diaboliques

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Certificate
Genre Horror / Suspense
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast Michel Serrault Simone Signoret
Studio BFI
Release Date March 2011
Running Time 114 mins
 

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.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

The horrific mystery has lost only a fraction of its power over the years, though literally dozens of films (see: Deathtrap, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Games etc.) have borrowed part or all of its tricky storyline.

19/03/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Satisfying, elegant and nasty.

17/03/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

One of the best Hitchcock films Hitchcock never made, it’s a mesmerising thriller...

18/03/2011

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Total Film

Neil Smith

The ending, much copied, is justly famous. But it’s the implacable build-up that seals its classic status, a rundown school providing a suitably ominous backdrop for a finely crafted mystery with a diabolical twist.

05/03/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Superbly acted, Les Diaboliques is as effective a thriller as Hitchcock's film, if lacking the depth and resonance.

20/03/2011

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

Charles Vanel steals the show late on as a shambling, pre-Columbo detective, but the real star is Clouzot as director who maintains a sense of dread and mystery until the end by taking his shaggy-dog story deadly seriously.

17/03/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

As grisly and terrifying as the best of Hitchcock.

18/03/2011

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