HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO

Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea, France, 2009, Arrow Films

“This assemblage of lost footage is perhaps more fascinating than the actual completed film would have been” -- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot, the acclaimed director of thriller masterpieces DIABOLIQUE and THE WAGES OF FEAR, began work on his most ambitious film yet. Set in a beautiful lakeside resort, L’ENFER (INFERNO) was to be a sun-scorched look at the dark depths of jealousy starring Romy Schneider as the harassed wife of a controlling hotel manager. Despite huge expectations, major studio backing and an unlimited budget, after three weeks the production collapsed under the weight of arguments, technical complications and illness.

In this award-winning documentary, archivists Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea present INFERNO’s incredible expressionistic original rushes, screen tests and on-location footage, whilst also reconstructing Clouzot’s original vision and shedding light on the ill-fated endeavour through interviews, dramatisations of unfilmed scenes and Clouzot’s own notes.

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Details

  • 102 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • Blu-ray

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