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Rated NR · 102 minutes · 2009

Documentary
Documentary makers Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea reconstruct one of the great unrealized projects of the French cinema: Henri-Georges Clouzot's visually ambitious psychodrama L'Enfer, which collapsed in mid-production after the director suffered a heart attack on location in July 1964. The documentary draws on some 13 hours of completed footage that Bromberg obtained from Clouzot's widow: costume and makeup tests featuring the supremely sexy Romy Schneider and her costars; exterior scenes shot at a lakeside hotel in south-central France, and, most impressive of all, a series of wildly psychedelic camera experiments, inspired by the contemporary craze for kinetic and op art, that were to represent onscreen the jealous protagonist's disordered mind. Interspersed throughout are interviews with surviving cast and crew members who recall the troubled production and Clouzot's feverish obsession with the movie inside his head. Unfortunately for all of us, it would never exist anywhere else.


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Director: Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea
Producer: Serge Bromberg and Marianne Lere

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