DVD Diabolique [DVD] [Criterion Collection] [] [1991] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 15498),
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Diabolique [DVD] [Criterion Collection] [] [1991] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Prior to Hitchcock's Psycho, this adult terror classic by French screenwriter-director Henri-Georges Clouzot was considered the most frightening and artistic horror picture ever made. Hitchcock admitted an artistic debt to Clouzot in many ways, including borrowing his practice of insisting that no one be admitted to the theatre, once the film began. Adapted from the source novel, CELLE QUI N'ETAIT PLUS, by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, the setting is a provincial boys school. The school is run by the dictatorial Michel Delassalle and his gentle, brutalized wife, Christina, who has a heart condition. If she dies the school will belong to him. Delassalle is openly having an affair with a teacher, Nicole Horner, and has taken to beating her as well. Together the two women plot to murder Delassalle. After the two women drown him in a bathtub, and drop his body into the school's swimming pool, all is calm until the pool is drained and his body can't be found.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DIA050

  • Credits
    Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Merisse, Charles Vanel
  • Critic Reviews
    "...For diabolical wit, nothing surpasses [DIABOLIQUE]....One of the all-time great endings..." -- Critic's Choice
    New York Times

    "...[The cast] is sensationally good, especially Signoret, who's as nervy as she is sexy..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Clouzot's classic thriller....A huge U.S. art house hit in the '50s..."
    USA Today

    "A chiller so tense that French helmer Clouzot briefly usurped Hitchcock's title as Master of Suspense."
    Total Film

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