#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school’s filthy swimming pool… but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared – and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his ‘killers’ (and the audience) up the wall with almost unbearable suspense…
Plot: The cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle, is murdered by an unlikely duo — his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle’s corpse mysteriously disappears.
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The keys in the pool, the husband in the morgue! You dream too much about water in this house!
Headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delaselle (Paul Meurisse) is a brooding bully of a man, one day his wife and mistress decide enough is enough and plot to kill him, trouble is that once they murder him, his body disappears and reported sightings of him are adding to the ladies’ paranoia.
Thus is the setting for director Henri-Georges Clouzot’s brilliant suspenser. The pace is stiflingly perfect, he gently racks up the tension, neatly toying with audience expectation, the sense of dread that hangs in the air is palpable. How refreshing it is to see a suspense film actually build its plot for a good hour? In this day and age the MTV generation would be walking out of this after 30 minutes. Armand Thirard’s atmospheric photography accentuates the creeping menace like mood, to the point that when we get to the last 15 minutes, nerves are already frayed and we then of course get what is arguably the greatest bath scene ever, and “that” ending…
When I first watched it back in 2008 it was on a poor quality DVD, but revisiting it on Blu-ray it still worked me over as the great suspense movie it is, forcing me to seek the solace of daylight ASAP. Great writing, great directing, great acting, the latter thriving due to Simone Signoret’s dangerously simmering sexuality and Véra Clouzot’s heartfelt vulnerability. It’s one of the classic chillers of European cinema. And if you haven’t seen it yet? Do what I did last night, get the Blu-ray, turn off the lights and just have a couple of candles flickering away in your peripheral vision. Maybe indulge in some stiff drinks like I did, and most of all, watch it on your own… 9/10
I have only seen but two of Clouzot’s films (this and the equally brilliant ‘The Wages of Fear’), but I understand immediately what connoisseurs mean when they say he’s the French Alfred Hitchcock. He has an innate and unbelievably vivid and accurate take on human nature. I can’t wait to check out the rest of his oeuvre.
A Great Thriller – See It As Soon As You Can
“Les Diaboliques” has one of the best plots you will ever find in any mystery or suspense thriller. The excellent directing, acting, and writing combine with the story itself to make it a memorable experience.
If you enjoy quality mysteries or thrillers, you will almost certainly enjoy this one – and if you have not seen it yet, you might just want to buy or rent it now, before you read any more reviews. This comment will avoid any discussion at all of the actual plot itself, because the less you know in advance, the more you will enjoy it. The few implausible elements in the story do not detract at all from the enjoyment.
A great plot does not all by itself make a good movie, and everything works especially well here because of the expert pacing by director Henri-Georges Clouzot and good, mostly understated acting by the main actors. We are drawn into their world very nicely. Everything about the characters and events is built up perfectly, to give the brilliant climax its full effect. Once again, see it before you find out any more.
Even if you do not normally watch black-and-white films or foreign movies (this is in French), if you enjoy thrillers, watch “Les Diaboliques” as soon as you have the chance.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer Pierre Boileau (novel), Thomas Narcejac (novel), Henri-Georges Clouzot (scenario and dialogue), Jérôme Géronimi (scenario and dialogue), René Masson (collaboration), Frédéric Grendel (collaboration)
Actors Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel
Awards 4 wins.
Production Company Filmsonor, Vera Films
Sound Mix Mono (A.R.T.E.C.)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Laboratoires Franay Tirages Cinematographiques (LTC), Paris, France
Film Length 3,230 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm