Winner of "Best Documentary" ("Meilleur film documentaire") at the 2010 César Awards.
One of the great, unfinished works in film history, Henri-Georges Clouzot's INFERNO was an audaciously experimental film with a virtually unlimited budget that was stopped only three weeks into production. Working closely with Clouzot's widow, Inès, Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea reconstructs Clouzot's original vision, filling and explaining the gaps with new interviews, re-enactments and Clouzot's own notes and storyboards, delivering an in-depth look at the masterpiece that might have been.
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Stunning. Trance inducing in some of Clouzot's visual experiments. A film within a film. Almost overwhelming with that hypnotic music and general mood of torture and genius interspersing.
Bouyant and real.
Amazing documentary. Makes me wish the film had been completed!
a mess, quite appropriate to the non-film that is its focus. One gets a feeling very much like that of being in an auto that passes the scene of a messy accident. The wreckage is lying all about, but there is no narrative about what just happened and no summation of how it all ends. You just just keep moving, into and out of the situation. In that sense, this documentary and Infero itself, are representative of all the pretentious an overrated films of the avant garde of the day, from the obtuse 8 and 1/2 to the overly mannered and too easily parodied Fistful of Dollars. Inferno and this documentary are all style and no substance; sound and fury signifying only sound and fury. Comparison may be invidious, but if you know the films of Orson welled and Alfred Hitchcock, you know that art in film does not have to be ineffable and precious to be powerful and satisfying. Any 5 minutes of The Third Man or Touch of Evil is superior to two hours of this navel gazing.
its a film for a film student to learn from
Fascinating documentary, very interesting to see fragments of how avant- garde films were made in the early 60's. Makes the viewer wish the film had been completed.
and joe, oh go watch casablanca willya?
Wow, never knew this great footage existed. Tres, tres bien. Every filmmaker must see this.
Wow. Amazing. Crazy yet lucid. Life.
Sad. Beautiful. Tragic. Amazing. This is as close as we'll ever get to seeing that masterpiece that never was.