The Devils

Title: Les diaboliques
Year: 1955
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer: Jérôme Géronimi, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Frédéric Grendel & René Masson, based on a novel by Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac
Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
Music: Georges Van Parys
Distinctions: currently #146 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a woman’s husband’s mistress helps her kill her husband
Length: 116 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh).
Objective Rating: 3/10 (gets points for concept, story and dialog) c. 1.9/4 (Eh).

Very little actual suspense.  It had almost no visual interest, bad sound quality, and no music except over the credits (which normally I’m okay with, but this movie badly needed something to create suspense). And the “twist” ending is predictable. If there had been suspense throughout the film as there should have been, it might not have been so obvious that there would be a twist. Or if the movie wasn’t agonizingly slow, you might not have to sit there with nothing better to do than figure out how it’s going to end.


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