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Diabolique: The Film Hitchcock Missed Out On

The story of how the French horror meets psychological thriller film Diabolique got made is really amusing, apparently, the wife of director Henri-Georges Clouzot (who directed the highly acclaimed 1953 film Wages of Fear) drew his attention to the novel She Who Was No More by Boileau-Narcejac, and after he read it that very night, he raced to the author the following morning and bought the rights to it, beating Alfred Hitchcock by just a few hours. There are many other funny stories about the making of this horrifying picture, from the director focusing more lighting on his wife in the film so she wouldn’t get outshined by the other actors, to him radically changing the original story so his wife could have a more sizeable role, but what sounds like a whimsical pre-production ended up with an incredibly tense and scary film, and one still worth seeking out and watching 65 years later. The film takes place in a French boarding school run by the tyrannical Michel Delassalle, but owned …

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