The Real Betrayal in Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques

Nicole’s betrayal of Madame Christine Delassalle was for me more devastating than the Mr. Delassalle’s betrayal of his wife. After all, Monsieur is set up to be thoroughly cruel, miserly, capricious, domineering and selfish. At the film’s bitter and tragic end, are we really surprised that he is one of the “diaboliques?” For it is…

Clap M for Murder: M (1931)

Like all good film noirs from this generation, M shows the power and moral struggle between underground criminals and above-the-law policemen. Who should dispense justice to the child murderer? Is it the law, run by corrupt men of the privileged class? Or should it be by a jury of his fellow criminals, who have a…