3 must-see thrillers based on Boileau-Narcejac novels

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3 must-see thrillers based on Boileau-Narcejac novels

Celebrating the airing of the French thriller The Accidental Lover, a film adapted from one of the novels by the prolific tandem Boileau-Narcejac, we have selected three must-see movies based on the writers’ greatest works.

Diabolique

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, and starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse and Charles Vanel, Diabolique is a 1955 French psychological thriller. Diabolique blends elements of thriller and horror, with a story following a woman and her husband's mistress who conspire to murder the man; after the crime is committed, his body disappears, and a number of strange occurrences succeed.

Diabolique is based on the novel She Who Was No More (Celle qui n'était plus) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac and is considered a classic of the horror genre.

Vertigo

It is said that Alfred Hitchcock missed the purchase of the rights for Diabolique by minutes, however, he made sure Vertigo was his! Released in 1958, this is an American film noir psychological thriller film directed by the one and only Alfred Hitchcock. Vertigo follows the story of former police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson. Scottie is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement). He then is torn between wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac and is often cited one of the defining works of Hitchcock’s career.

Entangled

Starring Judd Nelson and Pierce Brosnan, Entangled is a 1993 French-Canadian thriller directed by Max Fischer. In the movie, Nelson portrays David, a novelist driven mad by the jealousy for Anabelle, a fashion model she met. He will stop at nothing to make sure she is not seeing other men – killing and causing multiple tragedies in the process… until he meets his match.

Entangled is adapted from the French novel Les Veufs, written by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.

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