What makes a rewatchable thriller? Mike and Dan discuss H. G. Clouzot's Diabolique (1955) as a great example of world-building that makes a fun murder plot even better. Mike talks about how Clouzot's emphasizing "unbearable normalcy" adds to the mystery; Dan compares the film to Rope, Notorious, and the novels of Elmore Leonard. Mike uses his favorite word ("diachronically") and Dan reads a quotation about the film from the Book of Ebert. Remember that Clouzot's film contains a famous spoiler alert at the end--here's ours at the beginning.

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