Irish Film Institute -Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno

Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno

Director: Serge Bromberg

France • 2009 • 94 minutes

Archivist Serge Bromberg tells the intriguing story of director Henri-George Clouzot’s (Les diaboliques, The Wages of Fear) ill-fated film Inferno. In 1964, after a succession of profitable films, Clouzot found himself in a unique and enviable position – he could make a film unhindered by the limitations of budget. Inspired by Fellini’s 8 1/2, he set about making what he hoped to be his masterpiece. Intended as an intense study of jealousy, the film was to star Serge Reggiani and Romy Schneider. Able to let his imagination run free, the director experimented constantly, and the footage that Bromberg has unearthed for this documentary is simply mesmerising. No one knows exactly what the finished film could have been, or the impact it may have had, but through this brilliantly crafted documentary Bromberg offers us an all important glimpse.

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