7 Dec

Le Corbeau (1943) is the film that got Clouzot banned from filmmaking in France and fired from his job at German film studios, Continental Films. It is also the first film playing at Melbourne Cinematheque this week.

The plot centre around a small town whose moral order has been kept in check because of the citizen’s fears that if they told someone’s secret, someone would tell theirs. Now, however, a series of letters have been written damning everyone in the town and leading the small-town world into chaos. As the villages turns upon each other even more secrets emerge, with tension mounting not in who the letter-writer is, but on what they will expose next.

To end the evening is a documentary on the aborted Clouzot film ‘L’Enfer’ entitled Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (2009) by Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea. Originally to be made in 1964, L’Enfer was a psychological study of jealousy, seen through the relationship of a husband and his young, audacious wife. Diverging from his usual form of Classic Cinema, Clouzot had planned a film filled with optical illusions as a way of expressing the inner psychological anguish of his characters. Due to money and time constraints, as well as Clouzot’s hastening descent from the public eye and cinema circles, the film was never finished.
Bromberg and Medrea’s documentary brings together a collection of test shots taken by Clouzot, re-enactments of scenes, and interviews to create an insight of what would have been a fantastic piece of cinema.


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