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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 PearyFebruary 01, 1999

After finishing Diabolique, heralded French director-screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907– . . . Read more »

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Press Notes

Press Notes: Diabolique

May 26, 2011

“A benchmark horror film laced with heavy elements of film noir, Les diaboliques (better known . . . 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 RaffertyMay 16, 2011

Among the most enduringly popular motives for murder, in films as in life, is the desire to . . . Read more »


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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 . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Toronto Dispatch: Clouzot Lost and Found

By Michael KoreskySeptember 23, 2009

One enters any major film festival with hopes of discovering a budding auteur, a new voice . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Diabolique

By Danny PearyFebruary 01, 1999

After finishing Diabolique, heralded French director-screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907– . . . Read more »