TUESDAY, February 5 at 7:00 P.M.
at La Maison Française - Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC
Parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot.
SECURITY RULES: A reservation on Eventbrite is mandatory, attendees must have a Government issued photo ID in order to enter the Embassy.
NO NEED TO PRINT YOUR TICKET, BUT NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT RESERVATION AND PROPER ID.
Name on reservation must match ID for each attendee.
Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, doors will be closed at 7 p.m. sharp. Please allow extra time for security screening.
By Henri-Georges Clouzot
1955- France- 117min.
In French with English subtitles.
As part of the film series "Focus on Clouzot", the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the screening of Diabolique.
Set at an all-boys’ boarding school in rural France, Diabolique centers on Michel, who runs the school, his wife Christine, who owns it, and Nicole, a teacher with whom Michel is having an affair. While one might assume there to be animosity between the two women, their shared love-hate relationship with the abusive Michel actually binds them together, as they hatch a plan to murder him. Despite this already morbid premise, the thrill of this film kicks in after Michel’s death. Although Christine and Nicole think they have planned the perfect crime, when Michel’s body suddenly disappears, the horror and dread for which Clouzot is known begins to surface.
Supposedly, Alfred Hitchcock was after the rights to She Who Was No More, the novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, upon which Diabolique is based. Unfortunately, he never had the chance to make his version of the film. Fortunately, Henri-Georges Clouzot, who beat the "master of suspense" to this gripping thriller, is perhaps the best director one could have wanted for it.
Online registration is required for this screening.
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This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through the generous support from TV5 Monde.