Les Diaboliques DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Produced in 1954
Main Language - French with English subtitles
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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.
Publisher: Arrow Films
Length: 117 mins
Format: DVD+Blu-ray B&W
Released: 25th April 2011
Cat No: FCD474
- 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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