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L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno) (2010)



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In the 1950s and '60s, Henri-Georges Clouzot was one of France's most acclaimed and successful filmmakers, a director who enjoyed massive international success with Le Salaire de la Peur (aka The Wages of Fear) and Les Diaboliques, and his gift for generating tension and suspense onscreen earned him the nickname "the French Hitchcock." In 1963, Clouzot began work on a project called "L'Enfer" (aka "The Inferno"), a tale of jealousy that leads to madness, and the filmmaker was promised all the time and resources he needed for the picture. However, while the director was meticulously prepared when shooting began, after only three weeks the production was halted and never resumed; Clouzot would complete only two more films before his death in 1977. Filmmakers Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea try to answer the question of what happened to a project so full of promise in L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (aka Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno), a documentary which looks into the shadowy history of this lost film. Including interviews with members of the cast and crew (among them production assistant Costa-Gavras, who went on to a distinguished career of his own) and excerpts from the surviving footage (seen by the public for the first time here), the film tells the tale of how a great director ran afoul of his own demons while making a movie about a troubled man. Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno received its world premiere at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
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Romy Schneider
as Odette (archive footage)
Serge Reggiani
as Marcel (archive footage)
Dany Carrel
as Marylou (archive footage)

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9)

The remains of an aborted movie can become a fascinating pastiche.

December 16, 2010
Seattle Times
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The results are like nothing you've seen before: Clouzot seemed to be reinventing the medium itself.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010
Boston Globe
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A fascinating exploration of artistic self-destruction and hubris...

July 23, 2010
Top Critic

It is, in effect, a making-of documentary about a movie that was never made -- a movie that was supposed to revolutionize the art form and that survives, in the limbo between intention and realization, as an intriguing possibility.

July 16, 2010
New York Times
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Thankfully, the story -- and especially Clouzot's existing footage -- is fascinating enough to transcend the treatment.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
AV Club
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[A] frequently tantalizing, if featherweight, documentary reconstruction.

Full Review… | July 14, 2010
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno)

I'm surprised that there is an audience that appreciated this film. Upon finding a canister of an unfinished film. the film maker probably would have been better off just showing us what was within. Instead we have a meandering mess of images that confuses Clouzot's original intentions.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Intriguing doc about the legendary H.G Clouzot's unfinished film 'L'Enfer'. It has rare footage of dailies, cam/makeup tests and interviews with cast/crew.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer


A mesmurizing and intriguing look at a movie that was supposed to be revolutionary at the time. It's sad that L'Enfer never got made.

Garrett Solomon
Garrett Solomon

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