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Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic French thriller gets a Hollywood makeover in this glossy remake. Guy Baran (Chazz Palminteri) is the dull, loutish headmaster of a private school that has seen better days. While Guy oversees the day to day operations, the school is actually owned by his wife Mia (Isabelle Adjani), whose spirit has been crushed by Guy's casual cruelty and whose health is frail. Guy has been openly having an affair with one of his teachers, Nicole Horner (Sharon Stone), who has
Mar 22, 1996 Wide
Jan 26, 1999
Warner Home Video
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The husband is still a brute, and the swimming pool is still moldy, but the new Diabolique fails to translate into anything more than the latest ham-handed Hollywood makeover of a European classic.
The new Diabolique mostly dispenses with subtlety, contenting itself with regularly scheduled cathartic jolts that pass for suspense in our degraded culture.
If it makes at least one person search out and discover the original version, then it's all worth it.
Chechik fails to create any real suspense or thrills and does not seamlessly juggle the serious thriller aspects with the black comedy
Silly update of the French classic; the ending is an unforgivable cop-out.
Why do Hollywood filmmakers keep messing around with and screwing up past successes?
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