Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)

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University of Illinois Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 117 pages
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"This is the first book to focus on this contemporary film. "Les Diaboliques" was a top grossing film in 1955. Clouzot shrouded his film in mystery and also radically changed the original story of the novel, heterosexualising the original lesbian plot. "Les Diaboliques" still intrigues perhaps due to its excessive ambiguities and numerous plot twists that make it a 'film noir' to end all 'films noir', and not least the great performance of Simone Signoret. In this challenging "Cine-File", Hayward sets "Les Diaboliques" against the political culture of its time and demonstrates the importance of Clouzot as a master of the thriller genre. She gives an illuminating in-depth textual analysis of the film and presents a comparison with its US remake."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

Production contexts
13
Plot camera characterisation
29
what kind of film is this
41
Sequence analysis
63
Critical reception of Les Diaboliques
100
and auteurmonster
111
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About the author (2005)

Susan Hayward was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1957. After traveling extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, Canada, and America, she settled in Sydney, Australia. Here she broadened her interests into the alternative fields of herbalism, massage, astrology, nutrition and meditation practices. Through her own exploration of Eastern and Western philosophies, and desire for personal growth, she self-published this book of wisdom. The wide selection of quotations Susan has chosen demonstrates her belief that love and wisdom transcend all boundaries of time, nationality and religious dogma. Her foreword embraces her own philosophy of life and the concept of using the book for guidance.

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