LikeTelevision proudly presents -Diabolique, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzo. This 1955 film remains one of the greatest murder mystery, suspense thrillers ever created. It won a special Edgar award in 1956 as well as honors for Best Foreign Film from the New York Critics Circle in 1955. Simone Signoret's performance is nothing short of amazing. My favorite comment on the movie - it is the greatest movie Hitchcock never made - and one can easily see the Sir Alfred style of suspense at work and perhaps Hitchcock got a few good ideas from this film as well.
Directed by - Henri-Georges Clouzot, aka H.G Clouzot
(1955) - B&W - 114 min
An evil headmaster at a boys school is killed by his wife, aided by the man's mistress. How's that for a love triangle with a twist. Oh - but wait, the body is nowhere to be found. One of the greatest suspense thrillers of all time - a murder mystery that keeps you guessing the time. We loved it - Diabolique is a masterpiece - and we chose not to provide any detailed commentary so we wouldn't spoil any of the fun.... because if we did, why that would be diabolical!
Intro, B&W, title screens, credits, etc. The movie begins with a scene at the school.... and we meet the wife and mistress of the evil headmaster - Mr. Delasalle. But we won't spoil the twisted tale of murder and suspense - it is just too good. Enjoy it and let the whole diabolical story unfold slowly!
the beautiful Vera Clouzot as Madame Christina Delasalle, the wife
Paul Meurisse as Mr. Delasalle, the evil headmaster who gets murdered
Mr. Delasalle has a sip of Johnny Walker Red Scotch Whiskey
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Simone Signoret as the mistress, sporting some Ray Ban shades to hide a black eye
The diabolical kiss scene
Madame Delasalle looks like she's seen a ghost!
Charles Vanel as Alfred Fitchet, the retired police inspector
Rub-a-dub dub, Michel Delasalle is dead in a tub
The girls of Michel Delasalle share a special bond, as cohorts in a murder scheme