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Diabolique (1955)

A French psychological horror film that was admired by Alfred Hitchcock.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the French horror film Diabolique (1955), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Sorcerer (1977)
Wages of Fear (1953)
She Who Was No More (book)
D’entre les Morts (book)
Vertigo (1959)
Le Corbeau (1943)
Body Heat (1981)
Marnie (1964)
Diabolique (1996)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Army of Shadows (1969)
La Cage aux Folles (1979)
Breaking Bad (TV series)
Gaslight (1944)
Columbo (TV series)
The Turn of the Screw (book)
The Innocents (1961)
Psycho (1960)
Nosferatu (1922)

On the next episode: Yasujirô Ozu’s Late Spring (1949).

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Vanity Fair) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Vanity Fair and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.