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Les Diaboliques

In the most Hitchcockian of all the films made by the French master of suspense - like Vertigo, it was adapted from a novel by Boileau and Narcejac - the wife and the likewise abused mistress of the tyrannical headmaster of a seed ...

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Title: Les Diaboliques
Genre: Horror
Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel
Release Date: 2011-03-18
Production Country: France
Directed By: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Film Duration: 114
Production Year: 1955
Distributor: BFI
Official Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/node/19929

Synopsis: In the most Hitchcockian of all the films made by the French master of suspense - like Vertigo, it was adapted from a novel by Boileau and Narcejac - the wife and the likewise abused mistress of the tyrannical headmaster of a seedy boys' boarding school conspire to put an end to his callous brutality. Taut as a mantrap, the meticulous script provides plenty of tension, surprises and shocks, but what really distinguishes the film is Clouzot's beady eye for details both atmospheric and telling: a swimming pool clogged with debris, rancid school meals, the dismal efforts of the staff to curry favour. Much imitated but seldom bettered, the film can also lay claim to a clutch of excellent performances; not just Véra Clouzot, Simone Signoret and Paul Meurisse as the misbegotten ménage-à-trois, but a young Michel Serrault as a teacher and the inimitable Charles Vanel as a canny detective.

Les Diaboliques

Title: Les Diaboliques
Genre: Horror
Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel
Release Date: 2011-03-18
Production Country: France
Directed By: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Film Duration: 114
Production Year: 1955
Distributor: BFI
Age Limit: 0+
Official Website: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/node/19929

Synopsis: In the most Hitchcockian of all the films made by the French master of suspense - like Vertigo, it was adapted from a novel by Boileau and Narcejac - the wife and the likewise abused mistress of the tyrannical headmaster of a seedy boys' boarding school conspire to put an end to his callous brutality. Taut as a mantrap, the meticulous script provides plenty of tension, surprises and shocks, but what really distinguishes the film is Clouzot's beady eye for details both atmospheric and telling: a swimming pool clogged with debris, rancid school meals, the dismal efforts of the staff to curry favour. Much imitated but seldom bettered, the film can also lay claim to a clutch of excellent performances; not just Véra Clouzot, Simone Signoret and Paul Meurisse as the misbegotten ménage-à-trois, but a young Michel Serrault as a teacher and the inimitable Charles Vanel as a canny detective.

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