Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Diabolique (1996)

Nicole: Let me tell you one thing from one saint
to another: You should keep right on praying.
Wear your knees out that way for a change!

A happy 62nd birthday to Sharon Stone today! I have been saying for years... hell, decades now... that I loved this remake of Diabolique when it came out, but I haven't seen it at least twenty years. Anybody watched it recently? I should re-watch before I say it's great again, I think, is my point. Perhaps a double-feature with the original, which I have seen a couple of times over the past twenty years and which quite rightly retains its status as a classic.


Shone314 said...

Sharon Stone was at the peak of her powers in that one, and Kathy Bates as the cop is a hoot. However, Isabelle Adjani was disappointingly vacant and Chazz Palminteri was over-the-top sleaze that he could nab either Adjani or Stone's characters was far-fetched.

joel65913 said...

I thought this was an okay version with Stone the best part but a patch on the original. There was another take on the story in the 70's. It was made for TV but presented as more of an event then the standard television movie of the week.

It was called Reflections of Murder and starred Joan Hackett, Tuesday Weld (both great) and a surprisingly odious Sam Waterson. I liked it more than the Stone/Adjani film but still the original will always stand tallest.

Here's the link for the Joan/Tuesday flick


J.D. said...

I actually have a review of it on my blog. Here's a link: https://thestoriesofjdandivy.blogspot.com/2015/05/diabolique-1996.html

Craig said...

I'm sure you'll find it still terrifically entertaining. I rewatch it every few years for the crackling dialogue, the gorgeous Sharon, the scene stealing turn from Kathy Bates, and to see if the movie ever answers one big question. Namely, who took the photos? It's a case of a script going through one too many rewrites. Each time I rewatch the movie, I wonder if I'll spot the answer! (Also, look for a young and very cute J.J. Abrams, who played one of the filmmakers doing a documentary on the school.)