Les Diaboliques (1954) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Les Diaboliques (1954)

Les Diaboliques (1954)

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  • Release Date:  1954
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo
  • Director:  Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Screenwriter:  Pierre Boileau; Thomas Narcejac; Henri-Georges Clouzot; Jérôme Géronimi; René Masson; Frédéric Grendel
  • Cast & Crew: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Michel Serrault, Robert Dalban, and Jacques Varennes.

Les Diaboliques (1954) Rating:

  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Ronan = 8.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 8.3/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.3/10.

Les Diaboliques (1954) Synopsis:

A husband is trapped and murdered by his wife and mistress who later hide the body. Unfortunately, the morning after, the body has disappeared.

Les Diaboliques (1954) Review:

Les Diaboliques is a French classic by famous director Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Quai des Orfevres). It is not really a horror film as you may imagine, but mostly a dark crime movie, with only a hint of paranormal and one horror scene as the final scene.

The story is excellent, cleverly built and brings a good deal of surprises. Like a Hitchcock’s film, Les Diaboliquesbuilds up intense suspense gradually until the final climax. In many ways, this film could be seen as a combination of the beautiful The Cat People and the brilliant plot and dialogues of a Psycho.

In order to fully enjoy the beauty and the suspense of the movie, I recommend that you have the DVD’s subtitles of it (not some cheap internet ones), or that you watch it in French if you understand it, for the dialogues really holds the key to this film’s greatness.

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