The Alfred Hitchcock of Leytonstone Society returns with their first event of 2018.
On February 25th they will be hosting a free screening of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s suspense thriller 'Les Diaboliques' a stunning new restoration taken from the original negative.
This is the first in a series of screenings looking at the films that influenced the Master of Suspense.
Critics favourably compared Les Diaboliques with the work of Hitchcock when it was released in 1955, hailing Clouzot as the ‘French Hitchcock’.
It was reminiscent of the gritty, suspense thrillers that Hitchcock made his name with but was no longer making now that his lavish, technicolour spectacles were huge hits at the box-office, but could he bear having someone steal his ‘Master of Suspense’ crown?
In the introduction, ‘How Les Diaboliques drove Hitchcock to Psycho’, they will examine Hitchcock’s career in the mid to late 50’s and discuss the factors that shaped the production of his most audacious project, and the role 'Les Diaboliques' may have played into it.
Staring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot
Running time: 117 minutes, in french, with english subtitles
“A diabolical masterpiece.” - The Telegraph
“This is a masterpiece that easily matches the best of Hitchcock.” - The Radio Times
“One of the most suspenseful films ever made.” - TV Guide