Diabolique

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.

Film Info

Special 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: An essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

New cover by David Plunkert

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Special 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: An essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

New cover by David Plunkert

Diabolique
Cast
Simone Signoret
Nicole Horner
Véra Clouzot
Christina Delassalle
Paul Meurisse
Michel Delassalle
Charles Vanel
Alfred Fichet
Jean Brochard
Plantiveau
Pierre Larquey
Monsieur Drain
Michel Serrault
Monsieur Raymond
Credits
Director
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Producer
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Based on the novel Celle qui n’était plus by
Pierre Boileau
Based on the novel Celle qui n’était plus by
Thomas Narcejac
Screenplay and dialogue by
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Screenplay and dialogue by
Jérôme Géronimi
with
René Masson
with
Frédéric Grendel
Director of photography
Armand Thirard
Art director
Léon Barsacq
Sound
William-Robert Sivel
Editing
Madeleine Gug
Music
Georges van Parys

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Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer, Producer, Director

One of the few contemporaries of Hitchcock who gave the Master of Suspense a run for his money, Henri-Georges Clouzot dealt in misanthropic, black-humored tales of greed, jealousy, murder, immorality, and revenge. Though perhaps best known for 1955’s Gothic noir Diabolique, one of the most influential thrillers of all time and a film that Hitchcock himself admired (and wished to outdo), Clouzot first made his mark in French cinema in the 1940s. His politically charged, 1943 Le corbeau was a highly controversial story of a poison-pen letter that uncovers the dirty secrets of an entire town; viewed in retrospect, it’s Clouzot’s first important statement on the corruption of community. Subsequent Clouzot films would be built on the same theme in different milieus: the entertainment underworld of Quai des Orfèvres, the mercenary imperialism of the white-knuckle adventure The Wages of Fear. Once widely misunderstood—the director was charged with Nazi sympathies for Le corbeau and was derided by the French New Wave—the work of Henri-Georges Clouzot today looks far ahead of its time.