The Bigger Picture Film Club’s Halloween film – Les Daiboliques

On Thursday 1 November The Bigger Picture Film Club presents one of the best horror films of all time (Time Magazine), Les Diaboliques.

The Guardian gives it 5 stars.  Here is Peter Bradshaw:  The icily brilliant suspense thriller about a bathroom murder is said to have inspired Alfred Hitchcock to make Psycho, but I suspect Hitchcock may also have been fascinated by the Patrick-Hamiltonish nature of the plot and its final twist.

The director’s wife, Véra Clouzot, plays Christina, the abused wife of Michel, a loathsome prep-school headmaster, superbly played by Paul Meurisse – a man openly having an affair with a teacher, Nicole (Simone Signoret), whom he is notorious for abusing quite as much as his wife. So Christina plots with Nicole to murder her husband, and square-jawed, square-shouldered Signoret plays the dominant “masculine” role in the plot, while scared, submissive Christina goes along with it.

Satisfying, elegant and nasty.

Thursday 1 November
Les Diaboliques (1955)
France, subtitles, cert PG, 114 mins
Directed by Henri-George Clouzot, starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot

AND 7-8pm music by DJ Turbojet

Message from DJ Turbojet

‘Normally found behind the decks at a late night party pumping out uplifting and tuneful Funky and Progressive House tunes, delighted to be DJ’ing for Diabolique at The Bigger Picture when I will be playing a very different selection of tunes from my collection for the misty, mysterious time of year that is Halloween.’


This is DJ Turbojet’s podomatic feed  Listen to /download his mixes….

  • Free raffle prize kindly donated by Rye Books
  • Film notes

7pm- music/bar/themed snacks
7.50 – introduction
8pm – film

Tickets £7 online from WeGotTickets
Or in person from:
Push Studios, 7-19 Blackwater Street SE22
Rye Books, 45 Upland Road SE22
Locale Restaurant, 58-60 East Dulwich Road SE22
East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane SE22

Thursday 18 October

Upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern,
1 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22

For more details and future films visit The Bigger Picture Website

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About Ingrid

Co-Editor and ex-Chair of the Friends Committee. I’m a teacher. I’ve worked in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 14 years, guiding, lecturing and teaching anyone from 7 years old to degree level. I have run a number of education projects (in a remand home, a prison, a local primary school) and am now the e-learning project developer. I commission articles rather than write them and am mainly in charge of the Gallery related articles.
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