Friday, June 24, 2011
One more from Henri-Georges Clouzot: the 1955 film Les Diaboliques [The Devils], starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse, with a wonderful turn by Charles Vanel as a retired detective who, like Dickens’s Inspector Bucket, seems to have been a model for television’s Lieutenant Columbo. I won’t tell you anything more about what I have seen, except to say that Les Diaboliques is suspenseful and frightening and a masterpiece. It’s not for the fainthearted. The film is available (with its alternative title Diabolique), beautifully restored, from the Criterion Collection.
That concludes this week’s Clouzot spree. Reader, I hope there’s a film here that you’d like to watch, or watch again.
2:03 p.m.: Sad news: Peter Falk, who played Lieutenant Columbo, died yesterday in Beverly Hills.
Clouzot x 4
Le mystère Picasso (Elaine’s post)
Quai des Orfèvres
Le salaire de la peur
By Michael Leddy at 7:10 AM