Cinema - Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno

Inferno (2009) dir Serge Bromberg, Ruxandre Medrea w/Romy Schneider, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Serge Reggiani, Costa-Gavras [102 min]
At the Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Harvard Square Cambridge
5:00, 7:15 PM (Shows daily from Friday 9/17 thru Wed 9/22)

Henri-Georges Clouzot was one of the most brilliant French filmmakers of the post-war period, responsible for suspense classics like Wages of fear and Diabolique. In the 1960s, Hollywood came sniffing around Europe’s innovative new filmmakers and offered Clouzot an unlimited budget to create a cinematic event.

The resulting film, Inferno, was to be a pop-art infused tale of jealousy and madness but, after three weeks of shooting, the project was stopped and the images created, which were said to be incredible, would remain unseen for decades. Inferno would remain a legendary, lost film until 2005 when filmmaker and archivist Serge Bromberg discovered, during a chance encounter with Clouzot’s widow, that there were 185 cans of unedited rushes from Inferno that hadn’t been opened since the film stopped shooting in 1964. This breathtaking documentary weaves together mesmerizing images from this cache of unseen footage with contemporary interviews, archival material and staged readings of the screenplay.

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Last modified on 15/09/2010

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