It may be an unfinished film, but the screen tests and scenes shot is so exceptional that it is hard to not love it as Romy Schneider looks gorgeous in every shot. The re-enactment with new actors for other scenes actually only enhances the experience and the only sad thing is that they should only have played every scene in it's entirety and then had the real-life drama story at the start. A must for any cinephile.
La línea entre la historia de ficción y la vida del director se va volviendo cada vez más fina. Interesante, imagénes y footage hermoso. No obstante, al ser el primer encuentro con Henri-George Clouzot puede que me haya perdido un contexto importante. Quedo con muchas ganas de ver Les Diaboliques.
It was peculiar to watch a documentary about a failure for once, instead of the usual hagiography of a success. I didn't find it brilliant though, except for the subject: it diligently follows the making of the film, but never really tries to dig deeper. No doubt it's worth the watch though: for the insight it gives of such an extraordinary creative process, and for the stunning, stunning visuals. And for Romy! ♥
There are two mysteries within this film. One is what would L'enfer be if it had seen the light of day. The other is: how the hell did this production gone so wrong? The documentary provides clues to both mysteries, although it solves none. It is difficult to figure out if this whirlwind of ideas would result in a masterpiece. But Romy Schneider's glorious face glowing is full colour is an image worth lingering.
The directors wisely, and progressively, give the floor to the stunningly beautiful footage from this unfinished masterpiece, instead of further insisting in the nonetheless enlightening testimonials. Supremely exquisite shots of sensual vitality interrupted by bizzare, yet arresting, visuals of Reggiani's character descent into mad jealousy. Magnetic and mesmerizing, this is a majestic tribute to a manic genius!
Wow, just wow. This really made me want to go watch some of Clouzot's stuff (Kind of pissed now that I missed "The Murderer Lives at Number 21" a few months back). Seems like such a immensely talented and creative guy. The fact that this documentary exist is a true blessing. How else could these wonderful visual experiments of Clouzut's be enjoyed, as Inferno was never finished? I wholeheartedly recommend this!