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Les Diaboliques

Les Diaboliques
Product Code: FCD992
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Release Date: 1st January 1970
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Release Date: 14th July 2014
Format:  Blu-ray 
Starring: Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Véra Clouzot
Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Synopsis: After the success of The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur) Henri-Georges Clouzot cemented his reputation with his masterpiece, Les diaboliques.

Based on a novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac (who also wrote the novel on which Hitchcock’s Vertigo is based), Les diaboliques tells the story of a sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) who brutalises his wife and mistress (Véra Clouzot and Simone Signoret) and their plot to murder him. Superbly edited with nail-biting suspense, the two women murder the headmaster and dump the body in the swimming pool, but when the pool is drained no corpse is found. An unsettling and beautifully-paced study of betrayal, mistrust and guilt, Les diaboliques is atmospherically shot in black and white, its murky tones hauntingly echo the moral ambiguity of its principals.

An acknowledged influence on Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick among others, Les Diaboliques is presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the world.



  • Brand new High Definition digital transfer of the original negative presented on Blu-ray
  • Uncompressed original PCM mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Susan Hayward, author of Les Diaboliques (Cine-file French Film Guides)
  • Filmed interview with Ginette Vincendeau, French cinema scholar, critic and author
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Samuel Webster

Region: ABC
Rating: 12
Cat No: FCD992
Duration: 117 mins
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (4×3)
Audio: PCM Mono Audio
Colour: Black & White

Tags: French, World