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Les Diaboliques (1955)
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12.12.09

Les Diaboliques (1955) In a French provincial town, Michel Delassalle, a sadistic headmaster of a school belonging to his wife Christina, a fragile young woman with a weak heart, carries on an affair with Nicole Horner, a strong, forceful teacher who has been his mistress from the day she arrived. He has, however, treated her as badly as his wife, and the two women have been driven into an alliance against him. Together they work out an elaborate plan to rid themselves of their common tormentor. Luring him away from the school to Nocole's cheap lodging house, they induce him to drink some doctored whiskey - and drown him in a bath. The body is later wrapped in a nylon tablecloth, packed into a laundry basket, taken back to the school, and at dark tipped into the grimy water of the school swimming pool. When, shortly after, the pool is drained, watched in anguished expectation from a window by the women, no corpse is there. Soon other mysterious events begin to occur...

Movie Tagline:
See it, be amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT! (original Finnish poster tagline)

Also Known As:
Diabolique
The Devils

Title: Les Diaboliques
Release Date: November 21, 1955
Runtime: 114 mins
Genre: Crime
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: French
Country: France
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Brimstone Pit Rating: 9.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With L

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Director(s):
Henri Georges Clouzot

Cast:
Simone Signoret ...Nicole Horner
Vera Clouzot ...Christina Delassalle (as Vera Clouzot)
Paul Meurisse ...Michel Delassalle
Charles Vanel ...Alfred Fichet, le commissaire
Jean Brochard ...Plantiveau, le concierge
Pierre Larquey ...M.Drain, professeur
Michel Serrault ...M. Raymond, le surveillant
Therese Dorny ...Mme. Herboux
Noel Roquevert ...M. Herboux
yves Marie Maurin ...Moinet, une jeune Moynet
Georges Poujouly ...Soudieu, un eleve
Georges Chamarat ...Dr. Loisy
Jacques Varennes ...M. Bridoux, professeur
Robert Dalban ...Le garagiste
Jean Lefebvre ...Le soldat
Camille Guerini ...Le photographe (as Camille Guerini)
Jacques Hilling ...L'employe de la morgue
Aminda Montserrat ...Madame Plantiveau
Jean Temerson ...Le garcon d'hotel (as Jean Temerson)
Jean Pierre Bonnefous ...Le jeune De Gascuel
Jean Clarieux ...Le chauffeur
Henri Coutet ...L'employe de la morgue
Michel Dumur ...Le jeune Ritberger
Johnny Hallyday ...Un eleve
Henri Humbert ...Patard, le jeune Patard
Roberto Rodrigo ...Le petit Jose
Madeleine Suffel ...La degraisseuse

Producer(s):
Henri Georges Clouzot

Writer(s):
Pierre Boileau
Thomas Narcejac
Henri Georges Clouzot
Jerome Geronimi
Rene Masson
Frederic Grendel

Composer(s):
Georges Van Parys




Trailer(s):
Les Diaboliques Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • See it, be amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT! (original Finnish poster tagline)
  • Don't Reveal the Ending!
  • The Great Suspense Film That Shocked the World... And Became A Classic.
Movie Quote(s):
  • M.Drain, professeur: I may be reactionary, but this is absolutely astounding - the legal wife consoling the mistress! No, no, and no!
  • Christina Delassalle: Don't you believe in Hell? Nicole Horner: Not since I was seven. Christina Delassalle: I do.
  • Michel Delassalle: [embarrassing Christina in the dining room while she is trying to eat some distasteful fish] Everyone is looking at you! Swallow! Nicole Horner: It's disgusting! Michel Delassalle: Sorry? Nicole Horner: [angrily] Some things are hard to follow, and I'm not talking about the fish!
  • Christina Delassalle: [to Nicole] I'd like to die and not see him anymore. Michel Delassalle: Die, darling! Die and do it quickly!
  • Alfred Fichet, le commissaire: To commit suicide in the Seine, one doesn't need to undress.
Movie Trivia:
  • Two women drive from the outskirts of Paris to Niort, the birthplace of director Henri-Georges Clouzot.
  • The film is based on Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac's novel "Celle qui n'était plus" (She Who Was No More). Alfred Hitchcock also attempted to buy the rights to this novel; Boileau and Narcejac subsequently wrote "D'Entre les Morts" (From Among the Dead) especially for Hitchcock, who filmed it as Vertigo (1958).
  • When director Henri-Georges Clouzot bought the film rights to the original novel, he reportedly beat Alfred Hitchcock by only a matter of hours.
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Keywords:
Headmaster, Mistress, Swimming Pool, Bathtub, Corpse  ...[more]


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