In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot began filming an ambitious project to revolutionise the art of cinema, starring Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani. But the movie never got finished. Serge Bromberg's "deconstructed" presentation of its images comes perhaps closest to the excitement that Clouzot dreamed of.

The film depicts the extreme jealousy of a hotelier, Marcel (Serge Reggiani, then 42 years old), towards his wife, Odette (Romy Schneider, then 26 years old). It was shot partly in black-and-white, partly in colour. Clouzot selected the title as an allusion to Dante's "Inferno", and the names Odette and Marcel refer to characters in Marcel Proust's novel "À la recherche du temps perdu".

The film screened in Cannes Film festival in 2009.