|Fig 1 - Les Diaboliques Poster|
The film is based on the novel 'Celle qui n'était plus' (She Who Was No More) written by Pierre Bioleau and Thomas Narcejac, which Clouzot famously beat director Alfred Hitchcock to own the rights for. Interestingly enough, the film does bear several resemblances to Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), which focuses on the murder of a central character and features a dramatic twist towards the climax. I had only heard of the film in passing, so had little expectation of what I was in for. I found myself surprisingly gripped by the mystery of the missing corpse and, though it had occurred to me earlier in the film, was hooked by the intensity of the ending nonetheless.
|Fig 2 - Les Diaboliques - Christina, Michel and Nicole|
If anything, my only gripe with the movie was that it felt a tad over-long. As most novel adaptations go, Les Diaboliques is an incredibly short one. However, the pace felt a little slow for my liking towards the middle, which may have been emphasised by the film's sincere lack of music following the opening credits. I wouldn't let this take away from my experience, though. I found the film to be a perfectly solid tale of mystery and morality, and one that will leave the viewer questioning who the real victim was after all.
Fig. 1 Les Diaboliques Poster (1955) From: Les Diaboliques - Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Fig. 2 Les Diaboliques Screenshot (1955) From: Les Diaboliques - Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot