Diabolique [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1954]

  • SKU: 19122393
  • Release Date: 05/17/2011
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Selected-scene commentary by French-film scholar Kelley Conway
  • New video introduction by Serge Bromberg, codirector of Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Inferno"
  • New video interview with novelist and film critic Kim Newman
  • Original theatrical trailer


The greatest film that Alfred Hitchcock never made, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique is set in a provincial boarding school run by headmaster Michel Delasalle (Paul Meurisse). A ruthless lothario, he becomes the target of a murder plot concocted by his long-suffering invalid wife Christina (Vera Clouzot, the director's own spouse) and his latest mistress, an icy teacher played by Simone Signoret. A dark, dank thriller with a much-imitated "shock" ending, Diabolique is a masterpiece of Grand Guignol suspense. The simple murder plot goes haywire, and Michel's corpse disappears, prompting strange rumors of his reappearance which grow more and more substantial as the film careens wildly towards its breathless conclusion. Later remade as a greatly inferior 1996 Hollywood feature with Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Simone Signoret
    Simone Signoret - Nicole Horner
  • Paul Meurisse
    Paul Meurisse - Michel Delasalle
  • Charles Vanel
    Charles Vanel - Inspector Fichet
  • Pierre Larquey
    Pierre Larquey - Drain
  • Noël Roquevert
    Noël Roquevert - Herboux

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



    Henri-Georges Clouzot is a classic Cinema master. This paved the way for future thrillers. An ending that still haunts. Criterion Collection does a great job on the transfer.

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