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Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot

France, 2009
Documentary
  • French
  • English

Synopsis

In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s production of L’Enfer starring Romy Schneider came to a halt. The footage, forgotten for over fifty years, were found, and film archivist Serge Bromberg uncovered a treasure trove of breathtaking imagery, telling us of what would have been a unique film.

Our take

By a cinematic twist of fate, a famous film archivist got stuck in an elevator with the widow of the acclaimed French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. They began to talk about Clouzot’s final, unfinished film, and the result was Inferno: part documentary, part drama, a true work of cinephilia.

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno Directed by Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea

Critics reviews

It is perhaps because this footage is so striking still today that at the core of Inferno is the notion that the film fragment—removed from narrative context and any relationship to a larger ‘whole’—has value as cinema. In their way, the bits of abstracted test footage of Schneider, Reggiani, and Carrel could function as individual works at an op-art exhibition.
February 19, 2018
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