Henri-Georges Clouzot’s INFERNO
Directed by Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea • 2009 • France
Starring Romy Schneider, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Serge Reggiani
In 1964, master director Henri-Georges Clouzot began work on his most ambitious film yet. Set in a beautiful lakeside resort in the Auvergne region of France, INFERNO was to be a sun-scorched elucidation of the dark depths of jealousy starring Romy Schneider as the harassed wife of a controlling hotel manager (Serge Reggiani). However, 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 compelling documentary, Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea present INFERNO’s incredible expressionistic original rushes, screen tests, and on-location footage, in the process reconstructing Clouzot’s original vision and shedding light on the ill-fated endeavor through interviews, dramatizations of unfilmed scenes, and the director’s own notes.
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