Les Diaboliques (1954, Classic Crime Thriller) – 8/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Simone Signoret: Nicole Horner
Vera Clouzot: Christina Delassalle
Paul Meurisse: Michel Delassalle
Charles Vanel: Alfred Fichet, le commissaire
Producer: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer (Original Novel) “Celle Qui N’était Plus”: Pierre Boileau
Writer (Original Novel) “Celle Qui N’était Plus”: Thomas Narcejac
Writer (Screenplay): Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer (Screenplay): Jérôme Geronimi
Writer (Screenplay): René Masson
Writer (Screenplay): Frédéric Grendel

Les Diaboliques (1954)

8/10

Les Diaboliques opens with an excuse for it’s existence and most people will be coming to it because of the connection to Hitchcock’s Vertigo but, as everyone who’s ever seen it can testify, this is a classic in it’s own right. Henri-Georges Clouzot takes a great story, delivers intrigue and tension when he wants to and convincingly builds to a proper scary climax. More attention could have been given to the retired investigator and other teachers at the school to make their parts add fun flavour to the main course but otherwise, this is a must-see masterpiece.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words and substance abuse and violence, inferred sexual violence, unpleasant and scary scenes.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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