The film “The Infernal Trio” by director Francis Girod is available from today in the new 4K-scanned and Full HD-restored version as part of the Édition ParaSol Videothèque on the label Artkeim² by UCM.ONE in cooperation with moviemax.
Romy Schneider, whose death anniversary will be the 40th on 29 May 2022, proved with “The Infernal Trio” at the latest that she had long since emerged from the candyfloss world of Sissi films. At that time, in the mid-1970s, she had already been working predominantly in France for 15 years, where she is still counted among the grandes dames of cinema.
Marseille 1931: Philomene Schmidt (Romy Schneider), a beautiful young German who works as a nurse for an old woman, finds herself on the street after her death. But when the self-absorbed and extremely unscrupulous lawyer Georges Sarret (Michel Piccoli) enters the lives of Philomene and her sister Catherine (Mascha Gonska), everything changes.
The young women not only become Sarret’s mistresses, but also his accomplices in numerous insurance scams. He arranges for the two to meet wealthy older men who disappear without a trace or suddenly die soon after the wedding. The “The Infernal Trio” then collects the high insurance sums that their victims have previously taken out for their deaths with their wives as beneficiaries…
“The Infernal Triol” depicts the bizarre story of a murderous tercet, brilliantly cast with Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider and Mascha Gonska. In this film, Romy Schneider once again proves why her former film partner Jean-Louis Trintignant called her “the most erotic woman I know.” She presents herself as reprehensible and irresistible at the same time.
The soundtrack to the film was composed by none other than Ennio Morricone (“Play Me the Song of Death,” “Death Melody,” “Fear Over the City“, “The Professional,” “Frantic“, “The Untouchables“).
The Infernal Trio | Teaser  (German) ᴴᴰ
The Infernal Trio | Trailer  (German) ᴴᴰ
Available formats and features
Limited Mediabook (Blu-Ray + DVD):
Theatrical version re-scanned for the first time in 4K and restored in Full-HD + long version restored in Full-HD
Blu-Ray aspect ratio: WS 1.66:1 / 1080p 24; DVD aspect ratio: WS 1.66:1 (anamorphic) | total running time Blu-Ray 101 min (German theatrical version) & 105 min (long version); total running time DVD 101 min (long version)
Sound formats Blu-Ray: German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono), French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono); Sound formats DVD: German DD 2.0 (mono); French DD 2.0 (mono) | Subtitles: German
Bonus material: German SUPER 8 version, 32-page booklet with texts by publicist & media scientist Stefan Jung, theatre scientist Lars Johansen, director, editor and acting lecturer Andreas Ullrich, original trailer, German trailer, artwork gallery, etc.
Rating: FSK 18
Theatrical version rescanned for the first time in 4K and restored in Full-HD + long version restored in Full-HD
Picture format: WS 1.66:1 / 1080p 24 | Total running time: 101 min (German theatrical version) & 105 min (long version)
Sound formats: German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono), French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono)
Bonus material: German SUPER 8 version, original trailer, German trailer, artwork gallery
Rating: FSK 18
Re-scanned in 4K for the first time and restored in Full HD.
Aspect ratio: WS 1.66:1 / 1080p 24 | Total running time 101 Min
Sound formats: German DD 2.0 (mono), French DD 2.0 (mono)
Bonus material: German SUPER 8 version, Original Trailer, German Trailer, Artwork Gallery
Rating: FSK 18
Comments about the movie
“Certainly interesting and brave in its day, today a rather tedious endeavor in parts, following a trio of money-grubbing ragheads and getting tangled up in slapstick. Watching Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider at work, however, still makes for good entertainment.” (moviebreak.com)
“The production is film-historically interesting and worth seeing, it documents Romy Schneider’s efforts to say goodbye to the hated Sissi image with radical films and drastic roles – which she succeeded in doing with lasting effect.” (Filmreporter.de)
“Stylishly staged erotic horror” (kino-zeit.de / Marie Anderson)
“Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider and Mascha Gonska as a trio from hell who go murdering through France and dissolve the corpses of their victims in sulfuric acid. This lurid satire, with arguably Ennio Morricone’s funniest musical composition, was the scandal film of 1974.” (vivasvanpictures.wordpress.com)
“The film is a drastic delight, akin to the big grub. Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider and Mascha Gonska, who took the role originally planned for Uschi Glas, visibly had fun with this farce.” (verfuehrungzumfilm.wixsite.com)
“It is primarily the personalities of the actors that make Trio Infernal a success. The material itself tends toward the guignol, but even the most horrific scenes gain a certain detachment from the style Piccoli and Schneider give them.” (rogerebert.com)
“This in parts starkly naturalistic horror piece is far from parody or satire: an icily staged game of blood and disgust, violence and multiple perversions that only begins to be a serious reflection of modern life and social mechanisms.” (Dictionary of International Film)
“Through incisive character sketches, directorial debutant Francis Girod (“The Banker’s Wife”) manages a furious tightrope walk between macabre realism and bitterly wicked irony with his magnificently appointed horror piece. Alongside the irresistible Michel Piccoli, a disinhibited and unleashed Romy Schneider shines in the role of the unscrupulous, life-hungry luxury woman, who here finally clears up her “Sissi” image, shocked “Sissi” fans and was celebrated by the French press as the “charming monster”.” (prisma-online)
Three classic films with Romy Schneider
The film “The Infernal Trio” is part of no less than three film classics from the 1970s starring Romy Schneider that are currently being released in newly touched and restored versions:
- That Most Important Thing: Love (OT: Le trio infernal; feature film, France/Italy/BRD 1974, approx. 105 min, director: Francis Girod, with Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Mascha Gonska, Philippe Brizard, Jean Rigaux).
- The Infernal Trio (OT: Le vieux fusil; feature film, France/BRD 1975, approx. 103 min, director: Robert Enrico, with Romy Schneider, Philippe Noiret, Jean Bouise, Joachim Hansen, Catherine Delaporte)
- The Old Gun (OT: Le vieux fusil; feature film, France/BRD 1975, approx. 103 min, director: Robert Enrico, with Romy Schneider, Philippe Noiret, Jean Bouise, Joachim Hansen, Catherine Delaporte)
In addition to the Blu-ray and DVD, the high-quality media books, limited to 1,000 copies each, contain further exclusive bonus material consisting of a 32-page booklet and other bonus material.
Almost all renowned directors had Romy Schneider in front of the camera and her film partners in this period, from which these three films originate, are the “Who is Who” of French film. She was awarded her first César in 1975 for the film “That Most Important Thing: Love“.