No Exit


1h 25m 1962

Brief Synopsis

Allegorical drama, with existentialist overtones, about three strangers who end up in a hotel room in which the impression is they are to spend eternity.

Film Details

Also Known As
Huis clos, Sinners Go to Hell
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Dec 1962
Production Company
Aries Cinematográfica
Distribution Company
Zenith International Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Huis clos by Jean-Paul Sartre (Paris, 27 May 1944).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Stereo
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Three strangers are ushered into a brightly-lit hotel room. They are: Garcin, a self-proclaimed heroic journalist who considers himself to be of high moral standards; Estelle, a narcissistic society wife; and Inez, a lesbian. As the trio become aware that they are doomed to spend eternity together in the single room, they begin pairing off in conspiracies against one another. All attempted liaisons fail, however, because each has contempt for the others' weaknesses. It is discovered that Garcin was actually shot for cowardice; Estelle is revealed to be a nymphomaniac who married for money, killed her unwanted child, and then destroyed her husband; and Inez is exposed as a frustrated woman who took her own life after seducing a married woman and driving her to suicide. After a violent quarrel, Estelle stabs Inez with a paper knife, but it is in vain. Following the final realization that they can never escape from each other, the three break into hysterical laughter and then become silent.

Film Details

Also Known As
Huis clos, Sinners Go to Hell
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Dec 1962
Production Company
Aries Cinematográfica
Distribution Company
Zenith International Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Huis clos by Jean-Paul Sartre (Paris, 27 May 1944).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Stereo
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed in Argentina and released there as Huis clos. Also known as Sinners Go to Hell.

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Best Actress Prize, shared by Lindfors and Gam, at the 1962 Berlin Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter December 1962

Released in United States July 1962

Released in United States 1996

Shown at Berlin Film Festival July 1962.

Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival as part of program "The Fast and the Fallen" March 21 - April 4, 1996.

Released in United States Winter December 1962

Released in United States July 1962 (Shown at Berlin Film Festival July 1962.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival as part of program "The Fast and the Fallen" March 21 - April 4, 1996.)