Diabolique | Chicago Reader


Rated NR 114 minutes 1955

The notoriously ruthless 1955 thriller by France's most neurotic director, Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear). Clouzot cast his own wife, Vera, as an invalid who plots the murder of her husband, assisted by his mistress (Simone Signoret). Set in the rotting confines of a private school for boys, the film is cruel, sour, and—unfortunately—very effective. In French with subtitles.

Film Credits

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer: Pierre Boileau, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi, Frédéric Grendel, Rene Masson and Thomas Narcejac

Producer: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Noel Roquebert, Therese Dorny, Pierre Larquey, Michel Serrault, Yves Marie Maurin, Georges Poujouly, Jean Temerson, Georges Chamarat, Jacques Varennes, Roberto Rodrigo, Jean-Pierre Bonnefous, Michel Dumur and Henri Humbert

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