L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
February 11, 2011
A fascinating peek behind the scenes of Clouzot's colossal failure ... (and) a compelling portrait of what happens when an artist's ego is allowed to run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Film4
November 6, 2009
This 'unmaking-of' documentary is as mesmerisingly compelling as its subject might have been, and adds some splendidly disorienting reels to the cinema of anxiety. Unmissable - even if we all missed the film at its centre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
November 6, 2009
What survives is a striking cautionary tale for budding filmmakers and a haunting evocation of experimentation run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 6, 2009
Inferno could have been a film to rank alongside Vertigo or Peeping Tom and its abandonment is one of cinema's great tragedies. This is a dazzling act of resurrection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 25, 2011
The new documentary unveils lots of amazing-looking footage for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 6, 2009
Shocking, enthralling, educative. It proves that falling in love with cinema can be, for some who pick it as a career, the most health-endangering thing of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
November 6, 2009
What's clear is that the film really does look like a lost masterpiece, a synthesis of Hitchcockian psychosis and pure '60s style. Bromberg's doc deserves to be the last word on an enigmatic film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
July 16, 2010
An amazing glimpse into not only what could have been but how easy it is for a filmmaker to go down the rabbit hole into his own project-killing obsessive behavior.
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
November 13, 2009
Intriguing stuff, full of arty shots of a pouting Schneider, it's well worth a look, even though it's presented here with only vague information about its context.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 6, 2009
Unearths footage of camera tests and experiments in kinetic art and colouration that suggest how very remarkable the film might have been. At times, it recalls Hitchcock's use of optical trickery in Vertigo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
May 26, 2011
... doesn't attempt to reconstruct, only reveal the play with imagery, the experiments in expression, the visual ideas at play and the obsessive drive to keep exploring...
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 6, 2009
This artistic doc pieces together the story of a masterpiece that never was. It's perhaps a little overworked, but cinephiles will love every glorious frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 16, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 13, 2010
For all the irrationality that fueled Clouzot's project, it's reasonable to assume that the finished Inferno would never have been any better or more evocative than this arrangement of its shards.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 16, 2010
The results are like nothing you've seen before: Clouzot seemed to be reinventing the medium itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
July 15, 2010
mesmerizing
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 14, 2010
[A] frequently tantalizing, if featherweight, documentary reconstruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 15, 2010
Thankfully, the story -- and especially Clouzot's existing footage -- is fascinating enough to transcend the treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 13, 2009
A fascinating picture.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
November 6, 2009
Bromberg tells the fascinating story of a controlling director who was given free rein to push back the boundaries of cinema, only to find his own sanity jeopardised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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