The Inferno Unseen (Film) + Live Music
Original Title: L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot
Running Time: 60min
Film Year: 1964 / 2017
Category: Fashion in Film Festival
Introduced by festival curator Marketa Uhlirova and artist Rollo Smallcombe
Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno, starring Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani, is one of the most tantalizing uncompleted projects in film history. The Inferno Unseen is a newly edited assemblage of rushes filmed in 1964. With his cinematographers Andréas Winding, Armand Thirard, and Claude Renior, Clouzot staged seemingly endless wardrobe and screen tests — often combined with abstract kinetic and optical experiments — that primarily focused on Schneider performing simple, seductive actions in carefully composed mises-en-scène. Departing from Serge Bromberg’s critically acclaimed documentary about the making of Clouzot’s film (2009), The Inferno Unseen focuses solely on Clouzot’s intoxicating visions, allowing them to build their own momentum as they unfurl in all their glory.
Live music performed by Rollo Smallcombe
The Inferno Unseen
France 1964 / UK 2017. Dir. Henri-George Clouzot. With Romy Schneider, Serge Reggiani, Dany Carrel, Brigitte Bardot. Costumes by Jacques Fonteray. Edited by Rollo Smallcombe and Marketa Uhlirova.
Marketa Uhlirova is an art historian. She is a co-founder and director of the Fashion in Film Festival, and a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Her film programmes have been hosted by leading arts venues including Tate Modern, Barbican, Palazzo Grassi, Danish Film Institute and Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Marketa is also the editor of Fashion in Film’s publications, including If Looks Could Kill: Cinema’s Images of Fashion, Crime and Violence (2008) and the award-winning Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle (2013).
Rollo Smallcombe is a London-based music producer, composer and filmmaker. As one half of electronic music duo DEEDS, he has recently performed alongside various contemporaries including Pantha Du Prince, The Orb and The Field to name a few. As a filmmaker and musician he has been commissioned to create imagery for major brands including Mercedes, Vevo and the BBC.
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Screenwriter: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean Ferry, José-André Lacour
Cinematographer: Andréas Winding
Editor: Rollo Smallcombe, Marketa Uhlirova