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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Diabolique

Warning: if you have never seen this classic thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot before do not play the bonus feature video introduction of the film before you do. It will only spoil the fun of experiencing the film for the first time. (Be sure to watch it later because it does a great job of not only explaining why the film is a classic but why its been so influential to filmmakers over the years.)If you are  familiar with the tale of two women plotting to get revenge on the man they share, then settle back and enjoy this beautifully restored version of the 1955 film. The acting is superb, especially from Simone Signoret as the mistress and Vera Couzot as the long- suffering wife, but it is the intricate way that the director blends imagery and dialogue to plot the story that hooks you to the surprise waiting for you at the end.

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