I forced myself to watch this way past my bedtime as I thought it so well made and engaging. My one big gripe about this film is it does not delve, nearly even deep enough, into WHY Clouzot fell apart during the making of this film. But, other than that, this was a fascinating real-life recreation of 8 1/2...in french.
Too many talking heads, but about the right amount of costume screen-tests, bonkers analogue camera effects, colour experiments and so on. I'd much rather have seen "The Inferno Unseen" but doubt I could watch much of it anyway, any more than I'd stand for the same amount of time in front of every hanging in some Andy Warhol exhibition.
Visually stunning in parts..a fascinating piece behind the scenes..wonderfully put together, and an insight, of a sort, to the directors mind?. I admire the actors restraint, although, eventually, that had to end. Some beautiful, technically, new, and interesting shots and techniques. But, to me, I don't think he really knew what the finished product would be/look like. And that, and health, his downfall.
OCPD strikes again. If you enjoyed Jorodowskis Dune you will probably like this. It has similar themes of directors obsessively chasing a perfection which does not exist. He sets a punishing work ethic which drives his team to exhaustion and causes them to abandon the production. Unable to detach from his obsessions the conclusion is no surprise. I would recommend as an example why obsessing over perfection is bad.
they did their research well and that shows, though their approach to presenting the information, I feel, wasn't the best - it actually made me feel like the film is something I wouldn't really be interested in watching, though I still think it might've deserved a much better documentary.
'L'enfer' with a final cut could have become Clouzot's magnum opus. It touches on something innately universal despite its abstractions. Towing the line between genius and madness is the archetype of the finest art; stretching the faculties as a catalyst to volatility, to the limits of what the soul can bear is often where magic happens. Creative masochism, to subjugate oneself for truth is a gift to the audience.
Unique insight into what people thought of the process as well as access to the often breathtaking rushes of L'enfer, both it its traditional access and the amazing experiments with kinetic art. Lacks further analysis of what the film was to become and what was learned from the experience.
This is one of the greatest documentaries about filmmaking I have ever seen; the pre-shoot tests with colour and image prove how visionary Clouzot was as a director. An extraordinary investigation into the psyche of a filmmaker and the troubled relations with his actors. Would have cinema really be revolutionised by his film? We'll never know.
They kept talking about this film as if it would be an amazing revolutionary film. Hitchcock made Vertigo back in 1958, and this would have been very similar to the older film. The real story is not the film, but how Cluzot did a Heaven's Gate. Also it seemed pretty obvious to me that he was suffering from depression. Lots of work with little results. Grandiose notions.
The over indulgences and experimentations of a filmmaker striving to reinvent himself sink what could have been a classic. Clouzot's "L'enfer" is one of the great failed production stories that left behind an astounding 13 hours of rushes that the filmmaker's use here to great advantage. The original footage is fascinating and innovative but the interviews and recreations are just as enjoyable. Formidable.