L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno)
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L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno)
In the 1950s and '60s, Henri-Georges Clouzot was one of France's most acclaimed and successful filmmakers, a director who enjoyed massive international success with Le Salaire de la Peur (aka The Wages of Fear) and Les Diaboliques, and his gift for generating tension and suspense onscreen earned him the nickname "the French Hitchcock." In 1963, Clouzot began work on a project called "L'Enfer" (aka "The Inferno"), a tale of jealousy that leads to madness, and the filmmaker was promised all the time and resources he needed for the picture. However, while… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The remains of an aborted movie can become a fascinating pastiche."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It is, in effect, a making-of documentary about a movie that was never made -- a movie that was supposed to revolutionize the art form and that survives, in the limbo between intention and realization, as an intriguing possibility."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"... doesn't attempt to reconstruct, only reveal the play with imagery, the experiments in expression, the visual ideas at play and the obsessive drive to keep exploring..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Especially recommended for diehard film lovers, this cinematic archaeological dig will interest anyone fascinated by one of filmdom's great might-have-beens."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"mesmerizing"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"The results are like nothing you've seen before: Clouzot seemed to be reinventing the medium itself."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"[A] frequently tantalizing, if featherweight, documentary reconstruction."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"The new documentary unveils lots of amazing-looking footage for the first time."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An amazing glimpse into not only what could have been but how easy it is for a filmmaker to go down the rabbit hole into his own project-killing obsessive behavior."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"Intriguing stuff, full of arty shots of a pouting Schneider, it's well worth a look, even though it's presented here with only vague information about its context."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"A fascinating exploration of artistic self-destruction and hubris..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"For all the irrationality that fueled Clouzot's project, it's reasonable to assume that the finished Inferno would never have been any better or more evocative than this arrangement of its shards."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A fascinating peek behind the scenes of Clouzot's colossal failure ... (and) a compelling portrait of what happens when an artist's ego is allowed to run amok."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Thankfully, the story -- and especially Clouzot's existing footage -- is fascinating enough to transcend the treatment."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"A fascinating picture."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]