Les Diaboliques details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jean Brochard, Simone Signoret, Charles Vanel, Michel Serrault, Vera Clouzot|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Feb 2002|
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Clouzot's Best?By a customer from Leamington Spa , 26 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The wife and mistress of a bullying headmaster of a private school plot together to murder their tormentor by drowning him in a bath. They hide the body where they think it can be found but then........
I first saw this film in a cinema in Birmingham in '55 or '56 and at the crucial point in the film the entire audience gasped and jerked forward in their seats. I doubt this would happen with a more sophisticated modern audience and certainly not on the small screen in the comfort of your own home but it still remains one of the best thrillers ever made, rivalling even Hitchcock. The screen play, the acting, especially Simone Signoret, the photography and the editing which keeps the action going whilst at the same time screwing up the suspense all combine to make this a superb film. Not to be missed.
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A Compelling FilmBy a customer from London , 06 Oct 2010I ordered this because I had heard it had a particularly surprising ending, and it does but whether I think it's viable or not is
another matter. The film seemed to offer various clues and was full of interesting, fleeting and sometimes comic details - so much so that we had to keep on rewinding to check or confirm what we had seen. I liked the moment during the school photograph when a child puts his fingers up behind another boy's head to create rabbit ears blink and you would miss it.
The set designs were also compelling I admired the lattice work and gothic tracery that seemed to literally trap the characters into the film. This, and a whole lot more information can be gleaned from listening to the film commentary, although when the narrator referred to thing power and the power of objects I wasnt wholly convinced.
Les Diaboliques will also make me watch future episodes of Columbo in a new light, as the retired private investigator played by Charles Vanel seemed to have more than a passing nod to the beloved shabby detective. After seeing this movie I would like to read the book the film was based on and perhaps even see some of the less popular remakes, such as the one featuring Sharon Stone.
Truely nasty peopleBy markwinky (29 reviews) from winnersh , 19 Sep 2010A classic french movie that needs no introduction. The presence of Simone Signoret adds to the film. watch it for yourselves, utterly gripping and suspensful beginning to end. love it,love it, love it. top stars.
les diaboliquesBy tennsy (23 reviews) from Louth , 11 Apr 2010A cracking good French thriller.By the end you are too busy hiding behind the sofa to read the subltitles.Seriously nasty but not explicit
Just Brilliant !!By fflofi (2 reviews) from Bristol , 26 Mar 2010Suspense, intensity, mystery... The whole package ! A 'Chef d'Oeuvre !!
You will not regret this rental....
Dated and DaftBy OldTom (49 reviews) from Berkhamsted , 07 Mar 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideWhat film were those people who gave this 4 stars watching? Maybe when it came out this film would have been worth watching. Maybe it suffers from being 'influential' (copied a lot), but this film is simply a drag. The plot is completely daft. The poor, put-upon wife with a bad heart does so much running around, that the whole plot to kill her by frightening her to death is plain - daft!
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