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Diabolique (1955)

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal plan to murder him with what they believe is the perfect alibi.
Original title: Les diaboliques
(NR, 117 min.)


Saturday, October 22, 2022

7:00 PM

Sunday, October 23, 2022

6:00 PM

Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Diabolique. This thriller from Henri‑Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S., is the story of two women—the fragile wife and the willful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys' boarding school—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Diabolique is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse. [Janus]

Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Languages: French
Genre(s): Drama, Crime, Horror

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"It's a diabolical masterpiece."

— Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"Satisfying, elegant and nasty."

— Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"One of the scariest moments ever."

— Nell Minow, Movie Mom

"Superbly acted, Les diaboliques is as effective a thriller as a Hitchcock film."

— Philip French, Guardian

"Still riveting stuff, beautifully acted out by Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot, the director's wife."

— Derek Malcolm London, Evening Standard

"With a deliciously curvy and complex plot, Diabolique is a masterpiece of suspense -- as accomplished as anything done by Hitchcock."

— James Berardinelli, ReelViews