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Genres: Foreign, Thriller, Revenge, Mystery / Suspense, Criterion Collection, 50s, France, French Cinema

Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Director: Henri Georges Clouzot

Synopsis: Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was DIABOLIQUE. This thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot (Le corbeau, The Wages of Fear), which shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S., is the story of two women—the fragile wife and the willful mistress of a sadistic school headmaster—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and unforgettably scary images, DIABOLIQUE is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret (Casque d'or, Army of Shadows), Vera Clouzot (The Wages of Fear), and Paul Meurisse (Le deuxième souffle, Army of Shadows).

Language: French

Country of Origin: France

Production Year: 1954


  • "The best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made! Directly inspired both Vertigo and Psycho.", Time Out New York
  • "Delicious chills . . . A murder thriller, ghost story, and character play rolled into one.", The New York Times


  • 1954: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 1954: Winner, Prix Louis Delluc

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