"Taste of Cinema" sums this up rather succinctly..."Much like Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, Clouzot had gone mad"...while making this film. The acid drenched visuals are spectacular and what there is of the actual film...made me want to see it. Has Romy Schneider ever looked more erotic? Utterly amazing and utterly heartbreaking that it never was.
Mesmerizing, and yet I think it's wrong to say it would have been his best movie, there is no way of knowing that since only bits and pieces are left of it. The visuals are impressive, and I loved how it captured Clouzot's personality and sufferings, he put so much of his own feelings into 'L'enfer'.
If only Clouzot's "Inferno" was finished and released! It looked like it would have been gorgeously terrifying and would have had a great impact on cinema. Instead, it sits, though to a lesser degree, alongside other unfinished masterpieces as Jodorowsky's "Dune" or Kubrick's "Napoleon".
This movie was honestly really confusing.I wasn't exactly sure why it kept flashing back to a movie.I guess people in the present day would talk about an old movie and they would show the old movie too..I liked when they showed the old movie because it was really trippy and I liked the women's fashion from back in the day. Overall, the movie is really boring in my opinion and there's no reason for me to recommend it.
No one would have believed without watching this documentary the way the film 8½ combined with anxiety and insomnia made Clouzot descend to madness. This documentary narrates very well the unbelievable story behind one of the best films never finished, L'Enfer, a film that would've most likely been very ahead of its time.
Hell is a director with an unlimited budget. At times this felt like a spoof along the lines of "Spinal Tap." Some many films have never been finished because the director has a breakdown. Really glad those shots with the revolving light effect never made it to the screen. Pretty tedious stuff.
I like the recent trend of making documentaries about “lost” or incomplete films (“Jodorowsky’s Dune” is a good example), and this film did not disappoint. Rather than take the unethical (and always regrettable and disappointing) approach of trying to edit the footage/sound captured based on Clouzot’s script, Bromberg and Medrea present a montage of finished scenes, auditions, test footage, cast/crew interviews, etc.
Years ago I searched Romy online. This movie did not show. A fact gleaned from the material ample film existed to make more than one movie, whether they broke new ground... It makes you wonder how many other undone films exist, we hear about Orson Welles, but many must exist… The movie reminds me of Humanite. Romy’s end is so undone, with this film it seems her youth is undone too.
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! ♥