Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
as the French Hitchcock, Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear) gives a thrilling lesson to the master of
suspense with this grisly tale. Set in a boys school run by a sadistic headmaster, Diabolique
presents a sinister world where the kindest character is reduced to murder. To
escape the teacher's brutal domination, his ailing wife (Vera Clouzot) and his icy
mistress (Simone Signoret) conspire to kill him. The real terror begins when
he refuses to stay dead. Nine tense minutes have been restored to this acclaimed thriller, in which devious plot
twists and a seemingly dense inspector (the precursor to television's Columbo)
confound the killers. Based on a novel by the authors of Vertigo, Diabolique
set the pace for Hitchcock's creates shockers, including Psycho. "Brilliant.
No matter how many times you've seen it, Diabolique still has one of the
all-time great endings." - Caryn James, The New York Times. "A
primer for a generation of thrill-filmmakers. Clouzot is an uncompromising master of
suspense." - Jami Bernard, New York Daily News. French
with English subtitles. Black and white. 117 minutes.