Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Time Out says
It’s a remarkable feat of cinematic archeology, taking in reminiscences from the key players plus Clouzot’s raw location footage and wildly sensuous test photography of star Romy Schneider. The director’s impulse to widen the boundaries of cinema led to a series of experiments with all sorts of brand new psychedelic visual and audio techniques, leading to some remarkably warped and worrying imagery.
It remains unclear whether ‘Inferno’ would’ve been the masterpiece Clouzot was anticipating: his reliance on tripped-out visuals and a staunchly unreconstructed attitude to sexual politics may have dated the film rapidly. What survives is a striking cautionary tale for budding filmmakers and a haunting evocation of experimentation run amok.