Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955, 117 min
With Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
In French and English with English subtitles
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, 1955 New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Diabolique. This thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the US, tells the story of two women—the fragile wife and the willful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys’ boarding school—who are plotting revenge.
With its narrative twists and terrifying images, Diabolique is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse.
“Satisfying, elegant and nasty.” — The Guardian
“This is one of the dandiest mystery dramas that has shown here in goodness knows when.” — The New York Times