Diabolically Yours

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Diabolically Yours
Diaboliquement votre.jpg
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Produced by Raymond Borderie
Eugène Lépicier
Written by Jean Bolvary
Julien Duvivier
Paul Gégauff
Roland Girard
Louis C. Thomas (novel)
Starring Alain Delon
Senta Berger
Cinematography Henri Decaë
Release date
1967
Running time
93 minutes
Country France
West Germany
Italy
Language French
Box office 836,942 admissions (France)[1]

Diabolically Yours (French: Diaboliquement vôtre) is a 1967 French-German-Italian film starring Alain Delon and Senta Berger.

It was the last film by director Julien Duvivier.[2]

Plot[edit]

Waking from a coma in a private clinic with amnesia, a man is told that he survived a car crash and that he is Georges Campo, a name he does not recognise. A beautiful woman he does not know, who says she is his wife Christiane, takes him to recuperate in a mansion in walled grounds. With her is a doctor, Frédéric Launay, who says he is an old friend from their days in business together in Hong Kong. At the mansion they are greeted by the half-Chinese butler Kim, who is offhand with him but has a suspiciously close relationship with Christiane. He is told that he must rest and take copious medication, while Christiane adds that there is no hope of any marital relations until he is fully well.

Voices start troubling him at night and he suffers nightmares, in one of which he is a coarse soldier called Pierre Lagrange fighting in Algeria. He discovers that he cannot get out of the grounds, that there is no telephone and that he is a prisoner. He suspects attempts on his life: an unsecured trap door opens under him, a large dog attacks him, a chandelier falls on him at dinner.

He realises he cannot be Georges Campo, because only Christiane and Frédéric claim he is, and that Campo must therefore be dead. While Frédéric is away one night, he forces himself on the not wholly unwilling Christiane and at breakfast tells Frédéric. Enraged at her treachery, he starts beating her, upon which the jealous Kim knifes him. She responds by shooting Kim and then confesses the whole plot. She and Frédéric had killed her husband Georges secretly but then needed a public death so they could marry and take over the Hong Kong business. They got the ex-soldier Pierre Lagrange drunk and crashed the car, but he survived. Then they had further attempts at killing him, which failed. Christiane offers to be a wife and business partner to him if he will carry on as Georges Campo. The police, when called to investigate the two deaths, do not believe him however.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was a box office failure.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Box Office Information for film at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Director Duvivier, 71, Dies in Paris Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]31 Oct 1967: c9.

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