2008 / 94 mins / France
A film by: Serge Bromberg
Cast: Serge Reggiani, Romy Schneider
In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot chose Romy Schneider, age 26, and Serge Reggiani, 42, to be the stars of L’ENFER. It was an enigmatic and original project with an unlimited budget that was to be a cinematic “event” upon its release. But after three weeks of shooting, things took a turn for the worse. The project was stopped, and the images, which were said to be “incredible”, would remain unseen. These images, forgotten for over half a century, were recently found and are more breathtaking than legend had predicted. They tell us of a unique film about madness and jealousy, filmed in the first-person, the story of an ill-fated film shoot, and of Henri-Georges Clouzot, who had given free reign to his filmmaking genius. Never has Romy been so beautiful and hypnotic. Never will an auteur be as close and as passionately linked to a hero he has created.
The Bloor Cinema, Toronto: Feb 26 & 27 @ 7pm, Feb 28 @ 8:30pm
Cinema Du Parc, Montreal: Opens Feb 26
Bytowne Cinema, Ottawa: March 17 & 18
Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver: March 19 - April 1
Cinema Cartier, Quebec City: April 7 - 13
Cinematheque Winnipeg: March 19, 21, 24, 25
Metro Cinema, Edmonton: April 9 - 12
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto: November 29, 2011
"a sad, cursed—but still beautiful—cautionary tale."
- Georgia Straight
"Love is Hell: Down, down, into fiery depths of French auteur Clouzot's imagination, and his unfinished masterpiece 'Inferno.'"
- The Tyee, BC
3 STARS! (OUT OF 4) “triumphant realization of Clouzot’s vision”
- Globe and Mail
4 Stars! " directors Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea succeed at situating their viewers in the turmoil within the director’s own skull as his production becomes mired in confusion, neurosis and misfortune."
- Eye Weekly
4 Stars! "a fascinating study of a film that never was."
- Now Magazine
"Truly magical; a must-see for film lovers"
- Montreal Mirror
"Inferno plays with the past: Brilliant French documentary pieces together failed project; "essential cinema"
- North Shore News
- Mon Cinema
- Le Cinema