If Hitchcock is a master, Clouzot is a wizard.

Alfred Hitcchcock's title of Master of Suspense is well deserved. Henri-Georges Clouzot outshines him in both this week's Lost in Criterion and next's. The first episode brings us his 1955 masterpiece Diabolique, which (the story goes) he bought the rights to out from under his English-speaking counterpart by just a few hours. Psycho earns the acclaim hurled upon it, but it's in deep debt to Diabolique. Plus any movie that ends with a title card begging audiences not to give away the ending while simultaneously having an ending that you can't possibly keep to yourself has got to be pretty high on the all time greats list. Watch Diabolique (1955), then listen to Lost in Criterion.