1955. France. Henri-Georges Clouzot. 110 min.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
1955. France. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Screenplay by Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi, René Masson, Frédéric Grendel. With Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel. “Les Diaboliques is to bathtubs what Hitchcock’s Psycho is to showers. Clouzot’s black-and-white chiller unfolds in a boys’ boarding school in rural France, where the tyrannical headmaster is marked for murder in an intricate plot hatched by his wife (Véra Clouzot, the director’s wife) and mistress (Signoret). Suspense builds slowly as we come to realize that nothing is as it seems at first. The 1996 Hollywood remake is best forgotten” (V. A. Musetto, The New York Post). NYFCC Best Foreign Film, 1955. In French; English subtitles. 110 min.
In the Film exhibition Critical Favorites: The New York Film Critics Circle at 75
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