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Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

Romy Schneider

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Romy Schneider, Serge Reggiani, Bérénice Bejo, Jacques Gamblin

year: 2009

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea

runtime: 100

In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot chose 26 years-old Romy Schneider and 42 years-old Serge Reggiani, to be the leads of L’ENFER. An enigmatic and original project; an unlimited budget; a film, which was meant to be the cinematographic event at its release. However, after 3 weeks into filming, drama happens. The project is interrupted and the images, which were told to be “incredible”, will never be shown.
I have recovered those images that were forgotten for half a century and they are more mind-blowing than the legend predicted. They are telling a unique film, that of madness and jealousy filmed from a subjective point of view, the story of a cursed filming and that of Henri-Georges Clouzot, who had set free his mad film making talent. Romy Schneider has never been so beautiful and magnetic. Never a director has been so close to the hero he invented. Our film shows L’ENFER such as it was shot and tells the emotional story of a magnificent failure.

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