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Inferno (2009) More at IMDbPro »L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (original title)

Inferno -- Part original, part documentary and part reconstruction, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno shows L’Enfer as it was shot, and tells the emotional story of an ill-fated film project and of Henri-Georges Clouzot, who had been given free rein to his filmmaking genius.


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Release Date:
11 November 2009 (France) See more »
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
'A Prophet' scores nine Cesar Awards
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 27 February 2010, 12:00 PM, PST)

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  (in credits order)

Romy Schneider ... Odette (archive footage)

Bérénice Bejo ... Odette

Serge Reggiani ... Marcel (archive footage)

Jacques Gamblin ... Marcel
Dany Carrel ... Marylou (archive footage)
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Martineau (archive footage)
Mario David ... Julien (archive footage)
André Luguet ... Duhamel (archive footage)
Maurice Garrel ... Dr. Arnoux (archive footage)
Catherine Allégret ... Yvette / Herself - Interviewee (also archive footage)
Barbara Sommers ... Mme Bordure (archive footage)
Maurice Teynac ... M. Bordure (archive footage)
Henri Virlojeux ... L'homme sur la terrasse (archive footage)
Blanchette Brunoy ... Clotilde (archive footage)
Henri-Georges Clouzot ... Himself (archive footage)
Gilbert Amy ... Himself - Interviewee
Jacques Douy ... Himself - Interviewee
Jean-Louis Ducarme ... Himself - Interviewee

Costa-Gavras ... Himself - Interviewee
William Lubtchansky ... Himself - Interviewee
Thi Lan Nguyen ... Himself - Interviewee
Joël Stein ... Himself - Interviewee
Bernard Stora ... Himself - Interviewee (also archive footage)
Serge Bromberg ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inès Clouzot ... Herself - Interviewee
Eric Duvivier ... Himself - Interviewee

Burt Lancaster ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Serge Bromberg 
Ruxandra Medrea  (as Ruxandra Medrea Annonier)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Serge Bromberg  written by

Produced by
Serge Bromberg .... producer
Marianne Lère .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bruno Alexiu 
Cinematography by
Jérôme Krumenacker 
Irina Lubtchansky 
Film Editing by
Janice Jones 
Production Design by
Nicolas Faure 
Makeup Department
Nelly Robin .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julien Biesse .... first assistant director
Fatma Tarhouni .... first assistant director
Art Department
Eric Buys .... decoration team
Daniel Cadet .... decoration team
Léo Faure .... decoration team
Jean-François Juvanon .... decoration team
Fabien Swierkacz .... decoration team
Sound Department
Pascal Blanc .... boom operator
Jean Brault .... sound
Jean Gargonne .... supervising sound editor
Cyril Moisson .... sound
Julien Ripert .... sound
Jean-Guy Veran .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Vincent Frei .... digital compositor
Etienne Grandou .... visual effects coordinator
Thomas Larocca .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuel Cousin .... gaffer
Grégoire Delarue .... grip
Clarisse Gatti .... head gaffer
Sébastien Grasso .... key grip
Macha Kassian .... first assistant camera
Nathalie Savale .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Sophie Denize .... digital intermediate producer
Etienne Grandou .... digital intermediate manager
Antoine Jesel .... post-production coordinator
Jean-Baptiste Le Guen .... digital film supervisor
Sébastien Mingam .... color timer
Other crew
Solène Boudet .... unit intern
Antoine Chossier .... unit intern
Flavie David .... production assistant
Fabrice Deprez .... unit intern
Stéphanie Durand-Barracand .... script development
Dyna Gauzy .... unit intern
Pierre Mercier .... unit assistant
Pauline Pasquier .... production assistant
Gaïl Plichon .... unit intern
Yves Ulmann .... script consultant

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Also Known As:
"L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot" - France (original title)
"Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno" - International (English title)
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102 min | Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:94 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Edited from Inferno (1964)See more »


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The twelfth film that never was, 4 March 2011
Author: dbdumonteil

This is not legend ,this is fact:HG Clouzot was one of the most important French directors of all time .He is the sole Frenchie who enjoys two movies in the IMDb top 250 and that means something for someone who worked before (and a bit) beyond the N.V.

The New Wave was one of the reason why HG Clouzot tackled a work which finally almost killed him.He was trashed by the Young Turks and he wanted to prove them that he too was able to produce creative innovative movies.Actually he had nothing to prove for,although he made only eleven movies and a half ,all of those movies (but one :"Miquette Et Sa Mère" ) were stunning achievements ."Manon" ,for instance,was anything but conventional or academic,transferring a novel from the eighteenth century to the Liberation in 1944."Les Espions" was so ahead of its time nobody in France understood it when it was released .His overlooked short from "Retour A La Vie" predated such works as "death and the maiden" by forty years .And I do not even mention his well-known -and sometimes more praised abroad than in his native country- "Corbeau" "Diaboliques "and "Salaire De La Peur" ,all classics everywhere.

The Nouvelle Vague could do nothing but put this genius down ;he represented all that they hated : elaborate screenplays,tyrannical actors direction(Serge Reggiani ,who,however ,had worked with "La Clouze" in "Manon" (1949)called it a day after some exhausting weeks and was replaced by Trintignant who reportedly did not do anything), skillful treatment of pictures :like Hitchcock ,he intensively used storyboards (with incredible results:"Reggiani under the bridge" has something downright disturbing) "L'Enfer" ,which was to be the follow-up to "la Vérité" ,was intended as something new ,at least in its form ,for as a voice over tells us ,the story is trite :jealousy is a hackneyed subject which had been treated many times ,notably brilliantly by Luis Bunuel ("El").Reality would be filmed in austere black and white -all Clouzot's movies but two are in B&W- whereas phantasms would be given the color treatment ;although the story was filmed on location in Auvergne ,the picture were to be re-worked in the studio .And some of them are particularly impressive .Romy Schneider was perhaps never filmed as she was in this movie,in scenes which were risqué for 1963 :tied naked to the rails while a train is a coming,fooling around (in her husband's mind) with all the men around and even her best friend (Dany Carrel) -homosexuality was not a new subject for HGC :there was a lesbian in "Quai Des Orfèvres" (1947).

"L'Enfer" became really "L'Enfer" .HGC 's ambitions were finally too much for him (and his actors;HGC was not a nice director to be directed by:in her memoirs "La Nostalgie N'Est Plus Ce Qu'Elle Etait " ,Simone Signoret wrote "I had a rough time of it " about "Les Diaboliques" ) and he gave up.

Some of the innovations were used in the follow-up "La Prisonnière " (which was his final work in 1968) particularly in the scenes in Laurent Terzieff's apartment and in Elisabeth Wiener's psychedelic visions (not unlike those of Keir Dullea in "2001").

It was 1994 before Claude Chabrol made a movie based on HGC's screenplay.Of course his work was not what Clouzot intended to do (how could it?)but it was faithful to its spirit and generally looked upon as one of Chabrol's finest achievements.

Like this? try this.....

"Carnet De Naufrage" ,a documentary depicting the movie "La Fleur De L'Age "(1947).Marcel Carné was never able to see it through.Intended to be the follow up to "Les Portes De La Nuit" ,it was never finished and put an end to the Carné/Prévert collaboration.

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