5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
stunning - and startling ; a deserved classic,
This review is from: Les Diaboliques  [DVD] (DVD)
This famous old film is as a good as people say it is. I watched it because it appeared on a list of 'Top Ten' films in various genres in 'The Guardian' - and they were right! Vera Clouzot plays the wife of the headmaster of a boys' boarding school (Paul Marisse). Her husband treats her with contempt, as he does his mistress, the impressive Nicole (Simone Signoret). Together the victimised women plan his death ; together they carry it out, ingeniously. After that things go wrong in a way which creates both surprise and eerie suspense. I cannot be specific without spoiling things, but the plot is clever and startling, and it builds to a marvellous conclusion. The black-and-white decrepitude of the school buildings, the claustrophobic nature of the relationships, the excellent direction of Henri-Georges Clouzot and above all the splendid acting of every member of the cast, particularly the three principals, combine to make this a masterpiece of its kind and a very watchable film indeed. Very highly recommended.