Clouzot is brilliant–in the way he shoots action/movements. His characters/sequences are loaded with intensity. The part where the guy has to tell the guy to help his colleague kick the kids out of the dining room. And he instinctively reaches and grabs a flying roll. Another instances of the explosive/atomic movement happens when the door is slammed on the conciergesse (minute 23) and she jumps back quickly.

Having a wife and mistress “hang out” together is never a good idea, in real life. But it does make an extraordinary and must-be-a cinematic rarity.

We must teach ourselves to talk about Vertigo in the same review as Les Diaboliques.

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