Saturday, October 31, 2009

L'Enfer sur Pellicule /Hell of a Film!

Romy Schneider lifting the veil on the realities of her just-married condition. Any reasons to be scared?

Peekaboo...Ghastly Romy! Tonight is Halloween, and I feel like publishing a post on L'Enfer. How appropriate is that?
In France, L'Enfer de Clouzot, a docu-fiction directed by Serge Bromberg, was released on September 23rd, and since then it has been all the buzz among my community of friends,
Believe it or not, the just-married woman that I am could not but be titillated by the eye-catching beauty of this unknown version of l'Enfer. Years ago, in 1994, I saw quite a poor version of Clouzot's script directed by Claude Chabrol, with Emmanuelle Béart and François Cluzet. Nonetheless, I know that this film is going to please me more as it delves into Clouzot's 1964 script.
Arthur Rimbaud is very often quoted for his famous 'L'enfer, c'est les autres'. The story of this film is no exception...A young couple goes through the throes of jealousy until the poison performs its little nasty work, like an evil worm in too appetizing an apple.

L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot,
a film on Clouzot's interrupted film by Serge Gromberg and Ruxanda Medrea, 2009 (94mins)

"Our film is a legend! In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot chose 26 years-old Romy Schneider and 42 years-old Serge Reggiani, to be the leads of L’ENFER. An enigmatic and original project; an unlimited budget; a film, which was meant to be the cinematographic event at its release. However, after 3 weeks into filming, drama happens. The project is interrupted and the images, which were told to be “incredible”, will never be shown.
I have recovered those images that were forgotten for half a century and they are more mind-blowing than the legend predicted. They are telling a unique film, that of madness and jealousy filmed from a subjective point of view, the story of a cursed filming and that of Henri-Georges Clouzot, who had set free his mad film making talent. Romy Schneider has never been so beautiful and magnetic. Never a director has been so close to the hero he invented. Our film shows L’ENFER such as it was shot and tells the emotional story of a magnificent failure."

The film was part of the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) selection last September, but we unfortunately missed it as we were in France...getting married, you remember. I hope this docu-fiction film will soon come back on Toronto screens. I can't wait too, too long! It really is hell on earth to wait for... L'Enfer!
To be continued...
See the trailer of L'Enfer de Clouzot...and let me know of your impressions!

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