#190: Diabolique (1955)

When and how did I watch this?

November 11th, 2015, on Hulu Plus.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I read a brief synopsis. It appeared engaging, and yes, being a foreign film made it easier to be drawn to it.

What do I know about it now?

Hitchcock would’ve been proud of this one.  Three twists, a Colombo-esque P.I., and a gut-wrenching scene at the climax made this movie one of my favorites so far.  The lead protagonist was a bit of a wuss, but I was able to overlook this in the context of the building tension and strange occurrences surrounding the murder.  This one was a lot of fun.

What are some themes in the film?

Abuse, infidelity, betrayal, divorce

Did this affect me personally?

Again, the final few minutes were simply unforgettable. It reminded me quite a bit of how I felt watching the finish of Rear Window.

Why is this ranked #190?

Some keen eyes voted this one up.  Hitchcock sort of dominates this list, along with several other quality suspense thrillers.  This relatively obscure one managed to avoid getting lost in it all, and it happens to be from outside the U.S.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She did.  She was shaking like crazy toward the end.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?


Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Yes.  I’m glad I was able to catch this one, and it belongs with the rest of the films I’ve seen so far.

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