The Inferno Unseen

2019 | Layering: Fashion, Art, Cinema

+ Live Performance

Friday 8 March – 7:00 PM – Paradise Plaza




Introduced by festival curator Marketa Uhlirova and artist Rollo Smallcombe

Live musical accompaniment by Rollo Smallcombe


Henri-George Clouzot’s The 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.

France 1964 / UK 2017. Dir. Henri-George Clouzot. With Romy Schneider, Serge Reggiani, Dany Carrel. Costumes by Jacques Fonteray. Edited by Rollo Smallcombe and Marketa Uhlirova. Presented in partnership with Lobster Films and MUBI.


Total running time c. 60 mins


Rollo Smallcombe

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 while also creating numerous videos for his band. Smallcombe’s sonic inspirations range from the early experiments of Musique Concrete through to modern video-game, film, and horror scores.