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Diabolique Details

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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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Release date:November 21, 1955

Awards

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French Film Critics Circle Henri-Georges Clouzot Prix Louis-Delluc 1954 Winner

Cast

Simone Signoret
as Nicole Horner
Véra Clouzot
as Christina Delasalle
Paul Meurisse
as Michel Delasalle
Charles Vanel
as Inspector Fichet
Pierre Larquey
as Drain
Noël Roquevert
as Herboux
Michel Serrault
as Raymond
Jean Brochard
as Plantiveau
Jean Temerson
as Hotel Valet
Henri Humbert
as Patard
Jacques Hilling
Jacques Varennes
as Prof. Bridoux
Robert Dalban
Therese Dorny
as Mme. Herboux
Yves-Marie Maurin
as Moinet, a schoolboy
Jean Lefebvre
Camille Guerini
Georges Chamarat
as Dr. Loisy
Georges Poujouly
as Soudieu

Crew

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Director
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Producer
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Screenwriter
Jerome Geronimi
Screenwriter
Pierre Boileau
Book Author
Thomas Narcejac
Book Author
Frederic Grendel
Screenwriter
Armand Thirard
Cinematographer
Georges Van Parys
Composer (Music Score)
Madeleine Gug
Editor
Léon Barsacq
Art Director
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