Rent Diabolique (1955)

4.0 of 5 from 189 ratings
1h 52min
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Synopsis:
A tyrant schoolteacher - Delasalle (Paul Meurisse) in a seedy boarding school has both his wife (Vera Clouzot) and his mistress (Simone Signoret) looking for a way out as he maltreats them both. They decide to work together to murder their tormentor. The two women drown Delasalle in the bath then dump the body in a swimming pool. When the pool is drained and no body found they start to worry. When his suit is returned, cleaned, they start to panic. Is he alive? Does someone else know? A spiral of perfectly crafted tension hurtles you to an unparalleled conclusion and an ending you will never forget!
Actors:
, , , , , Thérèse Dorny, , , , , , , Aminda Montserrat, , , , , , , Jean-Pierre Bonnefous
Directors:
Producers:
Henri-Georges Clouzot, Georges Lourau
Writers:
Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi, René Masson, Frédéric Grendel
Aka:
Les Diaboliques
Studio:
C'est La Vie
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
France, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2003
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Biographies: Henri – Georges Clouzot/ Simone Signoret/ Vera Clouzot
  • Original trailer
  • Original trailer for Wages of fear
  • Chaptering
  • Photo gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/06/2017
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Selected-scene commentary by French-film scholar Kelley Conway
  • Introduction by Serge Bromberg, codirector of Henri-Georges Clouzots "Inferno"
  • Interview with novelist and film critic Kim Newman
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (6) of Diabolique

Gray2003 - Diabolique review by Graham

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29/07/2007

Have heard loads of great stuff about this movie so thought I would give it a go. I have to say I was impressed. Considering its age this film stands up amazingly well in todays special effects soaked cinema. Watch it! you'll never guess the ending........

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Brilliant and influential French film - Diabolique review by PV

Spoiler Alert
19/03/2011

This film works. Why? It's got a GREAT script - and the fact that the director, the actors and everyone else remembers that is why it works, even though it's a bit dated now. It was updated in the 70s or 80s - but this first version is better. It is genuinely creepy - far more than any horror movie - and keeps the audience guessing. The tension crackles right till the end. One of the best films ever made - in France or anywhere. Watch it and learn.

2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Masterpiece - Diabolique review by JD

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05/06/2014

This French dark comedy is a masterpiece. A good plot, good acting and beautiful black and white photography. If you don't like old films you will be pleasantly surprised, if you do, it is fantastic. Theatrical acting is the usual spoiler for these but this (although a little dramatic in parts) is well played even by today's wooden standards.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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