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3,396 Ratings


Les diaboliques

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
France, 1955
Thriller, Crime, Mystery


This iconic, influential thriller centers around two women, a cruel boarding school headmaster’s wife and younger mistress, who plot together to murder him and hide the body in the school’s out-of-season pool, only to find the body go missing shortly thereafter.

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Diabolique Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1955 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Prix Louis Delluc

1954 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1955 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1956 | Winner: Best Foreign Film (Special Edgar)

We are left open-mouthed with disbelief and, in default of immediate explanation, terror. As we begin to process the violence, the film sends us hurtling back to reality, piling a different kind of horror onto the first. Diabolique cannot date because the grubby, shabby evil it depicts will never go away
October 27, 2017
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Diabolique is tense and atmospheric, relying on the passage of time and movement of characters through space for its thrills. Great performances really sell this, as the film relies heavily on the duplicitous nature of the characters to work.
October 29, 2015
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The point’s supposed to be one of suspense: is he going to get so mad that he’s gonna go upstairs and see S. Signoret and V. Clouzot with a dead guy in the filled tub? Instead Clouzot lets Nöel Roquevert make a full-fledged “comedy” routine out of it. Hitchcock would have never allowed such a thing, which is one reason Hitchcock’s a consistently/demonstrably better director than Clouzot. Still. There’s some pretty strong stuff here. What are you gonna do.
January 10, 2015
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