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Les Diaboliques (The She-Devils) (1874) - Barbey d'Aurevilly

Frontispiece for 'Les Diaboliques' by Barbey d'Aurevilly Painted by Félicien Rops in 1886
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Les Diaboliques (The She-Devils) (1874) - Barbey d'Aurevilly [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Les Diaboliques (The She-Devils) (1874), a collection of short stories, each of which relates a tale of a woman who commits acts of violence, crime, or revenge.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Am%E9d%E9e_Barbey_d%27Aurevilly [Jul 2005]

for complete text see: http://wikisource.org/wiki/Les_Diaboliques [Jul 2005]

see also: 1874 - women - crime - revenge - violence - devil - Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808 - 1889)

Les Diaboliques (1955) - Henri-Georges Clouzot

Les Diaboliques (1955) - Henri-Georges Clouzot [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
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Black-and-white film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (U.K. title = The Fiends) based on the novel Celle qui n'était plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.

Variously described as a "mystery" a "thriller" and even a "horror film," the 1955 classic, starring Simone Signoret, created something of a sensation. The story is about a romantic triangle that turns deadly when a man's wife and mistress conspire to murder him, but then the body disappears, and things get very weird. It has often been likened to the films of Alfred Hitchcock in that it is still creepy even when you have seen it before and know how it comes out. The end credit contains an early example of an "anti-spoiler message", requesting the audience not to disclose the plot to others who have not seen the film.

The writers of the novel "Celle Qui N'Etait Plus", Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, are credited with early use, if not coinage, of the term film noir, which as also been used to describe Les Diaboliques. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabolique [Sept 2005]

See also: H.G. Clouzot - 1955 - French cinema - horror

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