The film depicts the extreme jealousy of a hotelier, Marcel (Serge Reggiani, then 42 years old), towards his wife, Odette (Romy Schneider, then 26 years old).
Did You Know?
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
couldn't finish this movie. First main actor Serge Reggiani
suffered from illness and Jean-Louis Trintignant
got the role (also left in 5 days without making a single screen test), but then Clouzot had a heart attack. The project was stopped. In 1992 Clouzot's widow sold the script to Claude Chabrol
who made the movie as L'Enfer
(1994). In 2005, Clouzot's widow disclosed the original raw footage publicly, which led to the reconstruction of this unfinished great movie and telling of the story of its making in a "film about film" Inferno
(2009). See more
Remade as L'Enfer