Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno

Director: Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea
France / 2009 / 94 min
In French with English subtitles

Last screened on Fri, Dec 11

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (L’Enfer) started out as a bottomless-budget vehicle for Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani, but, barraged by complications, shut down after only three weeks of shooting in 1964. The extraordinary Op Art–inspired images produced during that period, expressing madness and jealousy, would be forgotten for over 50 years—until preservationist Serge Bromberg revived them for this riveting documentary, which presents a selection of Inferno’s rushes, screen tests, and on-location footage, while also reconstructing Clouzot’s original vision, and shedding light on the ill-fated endeavor through interviews and dramatizations of unfilmed scenes.