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Les Diaboliques (1955), by Henri-Georges Clouzot

  • zebulon 2478 Fletcher Drive Los Angeles, CA, 90039 United States (map)

Brunch, Drinks & Movie!
Starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse

Brunch starts at 11, movie at 2pm

FREE!

In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after the corpse mysteriously disappears…

Satisfying, elegant and nasty.
-- Peter Bradshaw

"(...) a diabolical double-reverse plot that keeps the audience guessing right up to the thoroughly implausible final scene."
-- Roger Ebert

"The icily brilliant suspense thriller about a bathroom murder is said to have inspired Alfred Hitchcock to make Psycho, but I suspect Hitchcock may also have been fascinated by the Patrick-Hamiltonish nature of the plot and its final twist."
- Peter Bradshaw

"Clouzot directed several of the best thrillers ever made, including Le corbeau, Quai des Orfèvres, The Wages of Fear and this one, made in 1955 and based on a novel by Boileau-Narcejac, the same duo who wrote the equally ingenious D'entre les morts, the source of Vertigo."
-- The Guardian

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