DiaboliqueDirector: Henri-Georges Clouzot
The greatest film that Alfred Hitchcock never made, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique is set in a provincial boarding school run by headmaster Michel Delasalle (Paul Meurisse). A ruthless lothario, he becomes the target of a murder plot concocted by his long-suffering invalid wife Christina (Vera Clouzot, the director's own spouse) and his latest mistress, an icy teacher played by Simone Signoret. A dark, dank thriller with a much-imitated "shock" ending, Diabolique is a masterpiece of Grand Guignol suspense. The simple murder plot goes haywire, and Michel's corpse disappears, prompting strange rumors of his reappearance which grow more and more substantial as the film careens wildly towards its breathless conclusion. Later remade as a greatly inferior 1996 Hollywood feature with Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani.
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Cast & Crew
|Simone Signoret||Nicole Horner|
|Véra Clouzot||Christina Delasalle|
|Paul Meurisse||Michel Delasalle|
|Charles Vanel||Inspector Fichet|
|Therese Dorny||Mme. Herboux|
|Georges Chamarat||Dr. Loisy|
|Jean Temerson||Hotel Valet|
|Jacques Varennes||Prof. Bridoux|
|Yves-Marie Maurin||Moinet, a schoolboy|
|Léon Barsacq||Art Director|
|Georges Van Parys||Score Composer|
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After Polanski's 'Repulsion,' the second-scariest movie that I've ever seen. A true classic with one of the all-time great plot twists.
heard of this film thanks to that bravo's scariest movie moments. this is the story where you have the wife AND mistress plotting the kill of the wife's cruel husband. when the twist came i was like damn and sort of guessed it i. anyway check out the film from the beginning.