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Diabolique (1955)

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Original title: Les Diaboliques

DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 2, 1999

Running Time
1 hour, 54 minutes

Country France

Studio Cinedis, Filmsonor Productions

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Other Titles
• Diabolique (1955)
• Les Diaboliques
• The Devils (1988)
• The Fiends (1955)
• Die Teuflischen (1955)
• The Diabolical Ones (1955)

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Murder, Suspense, Detectives, School / Campus, Infidelity, Psychodrama, Femme Fatale

Tagline: The Great Suspense Film That Shocked the World... And Became A Classic.

Plot: Prior to Hitchcock's Psycho, this adult terror classic by French screenwriter-director Henri-Georges Clouzot was considered the most frightening and artistic horror picture ever made. Hitchcock admitted an artistic debt to Clouzot in many ways, including borrowing his practice of insisting that no one be admitted to the theatre, once the film began. Adapted from the source novel, CELLE QUI N'ETAIT PLUS, by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, the setting is a provincial boys school. The school is run by the dictatorial Michel Delassalle and his gentle, brutalized wife, Christina, who has a heart condition. If she dies the school will belong to him. Delassalle is openly having an affair with a teacher, Nicole Horner, and has taken to beating her as well. Together the two women plot to murder Delassalle. After the two women drown him in a bathtub, and drop his body into the school's swimming pool, all is calm until the pool is drained and his body can't be found.

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 Directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot
The Wages of Fear, Corbeau, Le, Quai des Orfèvres
 Written by
Pierre Boileau
Vertigo, Diabolique, Yeux sans visage, Les
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Enfer, L', The 13th Floor, Si tous les gars du monde
Simone Signoret
Ronde, La, Ship of Fools, Room at the Top
Paul Meurisse
Armée des ombres, L', Gitan, Le, Deuxième souffle, Le
Charles Vanel
To Catch a Thief, The Wages of Fear, Cadaveri eccellenti
Jean Brochard
The Young and the Passionate, Corbeau, Le, Espions, Les
Pierre Larquey
Corbeau, Le, Quai des Orfèvres, Assassin habite... au 21, L'
Michel Serrault
Birds of a Feather, Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre, Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud
Yves-Marie Maurin
Maîtres du temps, Les, Revanche des humanoides, La,
 Music By
Georges Van Parys
Âge d'or, L', Madame de..., Casque d'or

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