Online Film Club: Les Diaboliques

Online Film Club: Les Diaboliques


Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Free Admission -Donations Encouraged
This event is ONLINE - zoom link can be found below

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For more information on the how/why of ciné-club, see the "about" section at the bottom of the page.

To join the Zoom session at 2 PM click here:

https://af-chicago.zoom.us/j/89756765649?pwd=TlpyKzRYclhEODdjeWVySnBqdkRyZz09

Ready for a tale of suspicion and suspens à la Hitchcock? Looking to see La Cage aux folles' Michel Serrault in a totally different context? Murder, mystery, and delusion meet in this week's swirling psychodrama: 

 

Les Diaboliques (1955) 

Streaming for free on YouTube, or for rental on Amazon Prime Video

Henri-Georges Clouzot's magnum opus is more or less a Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock himself didn't make. In fact, many consider it a direct inspiration for Psycho, which would be released a full 5 years afterwards. 

Set within the confines of a French boarding school, Les Diaboliques centers on the wife of a relentless headmaster, who partners with her husband's resentful mistress, to plan the discreet murder and disposal of the tryannical spouse. Two femme fatales take center stage, but are they equally committed to the violent act they've planned? Will a guilty conscience ruin everything? Who is the real villain in this twisty piece of classic psychological horror? Dive in and make sure you resurface on Saturday, when we'll discuss Clouzot's masterfully devilish chef d'œuvre.

 

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. Join us for a laid-back, weekly discussion of classic films, as we explore the weirder side of the French canon. This ain’t your grandma’s Godard! 


Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Monday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some historical context, potential discussion points to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Saturday at 2 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. Since we’ll be having our meetings over zoom, the group size will be limited to 15 registrants. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.