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Les Diaboliques (1955)


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I was surprised to find out that Hitchcock tried to get rights to the film first.  The plot is simple:  A wife and mistress in love with the same man conspire to knock him off.  SPOILER ALERT.  When the husband was not found at the bottom of that pool that really threw me for a loop.  Most directors couldn't have pulled this off and kept the suspense but Clouzot did a fantastic job here.  The acting and cinematography was first rate.  The plot exceptional.  I rate this a solid 8 out of 10...

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I love that style of poster art! Oh man...

anyway yeah the flick is a gob-stopper, a muffin-choker. I wish more remark was made on the career and first-performance-before-a-camera, of Clouzot's wife, one of the femme fatales in this flick. She did a bang-up job.

And what about the relationship between the two females? Why not mention this more upfront? Audacious for its time and an icon for all later thriller storytelling.

The ambiguous ending where right does not prevail, just astounding.

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7 hours ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

I love that style of poster art! Oh man...

anyway yeah the flick is a gob-stopper, a muffin-choker. I wish more remark was made on the career and first-performance-before-a-camera, of Clouzot's wife, one of the femme fatales in this flick. She did a bang-up job.

And what about the relationship between the two females? Why not mention this more upfront? Audacious for its time and an icon for all later thriller storytelling.

The ambiguous ending where right does not prevail, just astounding.

I pulled my review from my review at Sergio Leone forum.  It was INSIDE another review of the film that went more in depth about the actors and actresses.  Clouzot as you know, gave his wife plenty of screen time in " The Wages of Fear " also.  Simone Signoret's character had me fooled in this one.  She was really good. I'm gonna screen more of her films...

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This was one of those viewing experiences for me where you just aren't at all prepared for how great something is you are about to watch, and then BAM, it hits you like a semi truck. I sat forward in my chair at that hallway scene unable to contain myself from the suspense before me.

I'd give it more than 8/10 though, but great call on this one.

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On 12/8/2019 at 8:51 PM, superdorkmark said:

This was one of those viewing experiences for me where you just aren't at all prepared for how great something is you are about to watch, and then BAM, it hits you like a semi truck. I sat forward in my chair at that hallway scene unable to contain myself from the suspense before me.

I'd give it more than 8/10 though, but great call on this one.

I too thought the bathtub scene was creepy but that ending scene with the kid also was thought-provoking. 

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SPOILER ALERTS ahead in my question of the film! Please don't read this if you haven't seen the ending. 

 

 

I thought it was a great film (saw it for the first time last night). Maybe I missed it, or I'm simple minded but did it explain how Michele Delassalle stayed under water in the tub for so long during the murder scene? Or are we just supposed to assume he got out of the tub and re-submerged himself? Thank you to anyone who can answer this for me. It has me wondering. 

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