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Diabolique

Henri-Georges Clouzot

 
Diabolique (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1955
  • 117 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #35

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.

Cast

Nicole HornerSimone Signoret
Christina DelassalleVéra Clouzot
Michel DelassallePaul Meurisse
Alfred FichetCharles Vanel
PlantiveauJean Brochard
Monsieur DrainPierre Larquey
Monsieur RaymondMichel Serrault

Credits

DirectorHenri-Georges Clouzot
ProducerHenri-Georges Clouzot
Based on the novel Celle qui n’était plus byPierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
Screenplay and dialogue byHenri-Georges Clouzot and Jérôme Géronimi
withRené Masson and Frédéric Grendel
Director of photographyArmand Thirard
Art directorLéon Barsacq
SoundWilliam-Robert Sivel
EditingMadeleine Gug
MusicGeorges van Parys

Disc 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 Clouzot’s “Inferno”
  • New video interview with novelist and film critic Kim Newman
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

    New cover by David Plunkert

Film Essays

Diabolique

By Danny Peary February 01, 1999

After finishing Diabolique, heralded French director-screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907–1977) confessed that all he had intended was to make a picture that would “amuse myself” and please . . . Read more »

Video


Press Notes

Press Notes: Diabolique

May 26, 2011

“A benchmark horror film laced with heavy elements of film noir, Les diaboliques (better known as Diabolique in America) is arguably the most important genre film of the 1950s, a razor-sharp . . . Read more »


Posters

From the Depths

May 25, 2011

Diabolique, original release French one-sheet, 1955 (artist Raymond Gid) Read more »


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Diabolique: Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts

By Terrence Rafferty May 16, 2011

Clouzot dove into the deep end and came up with a most delectably sordid film—and a horror classic. Read more »


Three Reasons


Clippings

Cover Story

February 22, 2011

This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at the magazine, has compiled a list called “Top 10 Cool Criterion Collection Covers.” Cruz’s taste in . . . Read more »


News

It’s Shower Time

April 02, 2010

This week, BFI Southbank launches a monthlong series in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the groundbreaking horror masterpiece Psycho. Yet this is no mere Hitchcock retrospective: the quirky . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Toronto Dispatch: Clouzot Lost and Found

By Michael Koresky September 23, 2009

One enters any major film festival with hopes of discovering a budding auteur, a new voice from some previously unheard-from part of the world—a Julián Hernández or Corneliu Porumboiu or Bong . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Diabolique

By Danny Peary February 01, 1999

After finishing Diabolique, heralded French director-screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907–1977) confessed that all he had intended was to make a picture that would “amuse myself” and please . . . Read more »