The cover-up is worse than the crime. Isn’t that what public relations specialists always say? Well, it applies when a politician commits adultery, but what if John or Jane Q. Citizen murders someone? The crime is bad enough on its own, but in “Les Diaboliques” (1955), the immediate cover-up morphs into something else: unbearable paranoia and a deep mystery.
Well, it’s no mystery that AHFW features one of our favorite movies every Wednesday…just because! This week, we’re going back in time 65 years and jumping across the pond to France to celebrate one of the all-time best thrillers “Les Diaboliques”. Legend has it that Alfred Hitchcock just missed acquiring the film rights, but director Henri-Georges Clouzot won the day. Truly, you’ll win the day if you see this stylish, well-crafted picture.
(“Les Diaboliques” is available on Amazon Prime (free for Prime members) and possibly other streaming services.)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Image credits: UMPO; Trailer credits: CriterionCollection