Apparently Hitchcock wanted to buy the rights to adapt the novel that “Les Diaboliques” is based on, but Clouzot beat him to it by 30 minutes. Then the authors wrote Hitch another novel that became “Vertigo”. The title of the film means, “The Devils” and it is about two women (a wife and mistress) who plot to kill the man who is making their lives miserable. It’s a skillful thriller filled with great tension and surprises. The pacing, editing and shooting are all beautifully done in this black & white thriller from France.