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Les Diaboliques DVD+Blu-ray

Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1954

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Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Produced in 1954

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film

Film Description

After the success of The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot cemented his reputation with his masterpiece, the brilliantly dark thriller Les Diaboliques, which was an acknowledged influence on Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick among others, and which continues to thrill and terrify.

Based on a novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac (who also wrote the novel on which Hitchcock’s Vertigo is based), Les Diaboliques tells the story of a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) who brutalises his wife and mistress (Véra Clouzot and Simone Signoret) and their plot to murder him. Superbly edited with nail-biting suspense, the two women murder the headmaster and dump the body in the swimming pool - but when the pool is drained no corpse is found. An unsettling and beautifully-paced study of betrayal, mistrust and guilt, Les Diaboliques is atmospherically shot in black and white, its murky tones reflecting the moral ambiguity of its principals.

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DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: Arrow Films

Length: 117 mins

Format: DVD+Blu-ray B&W

Region: 2

Released: 25th April 2011

Cat No: FCD474

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • Brand new transfer from a new High Definition restoration of the original film negative
  • Audio commentary by Susan Hayward, author of Les diaboliques (Cine-file French Film Guides)
  • Original Trailer
  • Filmed interview with Ginette Vincendeau, French cinema scholar, critic and author
  • Brand new writing on the film by author and critic Brad Stevens and a reprinted interview with Clouzot by Paul Schrader illustrated with stills and rare original set drawings by Léon Barsacq
  • Artwork presentation packaging including original posters and a newly commissioned artwork cover.

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by Barry Forshaw on 14th April 2014

The Arrow Blu-ray of Les Diaboliques is the perfect reason to take another look at this highly influential suspense classic. But what about the original authors? Their... Read on

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