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Diabolique (1954) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Véra Clouzot, Michel Serrault

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DIABOLIQUE (Les Diaboliques) is a movie directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and adapted from a well-known book of Boileau-Narcejac in 1955. Véra Clouzot and Paul Meurisse are the owners of a private school in the middle of France. Due to the precarious financial situation, their marriage is falling apart. Simone Signoret, one of the teachers of the school, convinces Véra to kill her husband.
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A masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   relative Kind of mystery?    -   skilled citizen investigator Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   catching/stopping killer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics    -   Physically Ill    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   lesbians! Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand Unusual forms of death    -   fright    -   drowned Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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