Purple Diary

[March 13 2017]

Preview newly mastered cut of rushes of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unfinished film The Inferno starring Romy Schneider for the Fashion in Film Festival on Purple TV!

At the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Fashion in Film Festival, in partnership with Lobster Films and MUBI, Purple Television will be previewing 5 never-before-seen newly mastered cut of rushes created in 1964 in preparation for Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unfinished film The Inferno starring Romy Schneider.

Click here to watch the first clip!

The infamous project told the story of a man driven mad by the supposed infidelities of his beautiful wife, played by the beautiful 26-year-old Austrian actress Romy Schneider. Though Clouzot sought to revolutionize cinema by creating a film using experimental sounds and images of kinetic art to express his hero’s increasingly wild fantasy life, the film was abandoned after a few weeks of studio tests in Paris and 10 days on location.

Clouzot’s cameramen Andréas Winding and Armand Thirard shot some twelve hours of film footage, displaying  Clouzot‘s awe-inspiring kinetic experiments. The focus is especially on Schneider performing simple, seductive actions in careful composed and beautifully color-lit mise-en-scene’s, resulting in a bold marriage between the sartorial and filmic.

Accompanied by a specially commissioned live electronic score by Rollo Smallcombe, featuring a voice-over by Serge Bromberg , the rushes will be shown in a world premiere event The Inferno Unseen for the 10th-anniversary edition of Fashion in Film Festival at the Barbican in London on March 26th 2017. Click here to buy tickets.

Curated by Tom Gunning and Marketa UhlirovaFashion in Film Festival 2017 “Wearing Time: Past, Present, Future, Dream” will feature at total of 28 events including film screenings, performances, talks and an exhibition, exploring the connections between fashion and cinema and focusing on the crucial yet complex relation between Fashion and time. As part of the festival, it has been opened a free exhibition at Central Saint Martins, on view until March, 17th 2017, bringing together rare archival shorts with contemporary art and fashion films that address themes of chronology, temporal and sartorial restriction and multi-screen installations in which showcase early Pathé shorts from the 1900s, industry and fashion films by Werner Dressler, Nick Knight, Lernert & Sander and Vexed Generation, and artist films by Cindy Sherman, John Maybury and Jodie Mack.

The Fashion in Film 2017 festival, made in collaboration with MUBI and Lobster Films, runs until March 22nd 2017. Discover the full Fashion in Film Festival 2017 program here.

All rushes featured on Purple TV are copyright Lobster Films and courtesy of the Fashion in Film Festival.

Copyright Lobster Films

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