Dante's Inferno (2007)

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A darkly comedic travelogue of the underworld - set against an all-too-familiar urban backdrop of used car lots, gated communities, strip malls, and the U.S. Capitol. And populated with a contemporary cast of reprobates, including famous - and infamous - politicians, presidents, popes, pimps. And the Prince of Darkness himself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lying Defendant / Farinata (voice)
Judge Minos / Paolo / Hirohito / Copter Pilot / Spiro Agnew (voice)
Metallica Defendant / L. Ron Hubbard / Curtis LeMay / Airport Security (voice)
Ciaccio 'El Gordo' / Calvacanti / Stalin / Ulysses' Crew (voice)
Michael Coleman ...
Charon / Phlegyas / Senator / Dick Cheney (voice) (as Mike Coleman)
Virgil (voice)
Lucan / 'Right On' Glutton / Jim Jones / Airport Screener / Ulysses' Naysayer (voice)
Brunetto Latini (voice)
Sean Forrester ...
Horace / Mr. Argenti / White Pimp / Beating Victim / Airport Security / Insider Trader #2 (voice)
Ovid / Real Estate Broker / Pope Nicholas 3rd (voice)
George Sanders / Deep Voiced Lobbyist (voice)
Laura Krafft ...
George Sand / Airport P.A. / Subway P.A. (voice)
Irate Driver / Mounted Policeman / Pimp #1 / Pimp #3 / Airport Security (voice)
Dante (voice)
Celia / Lobbyist Singer / Lizzie Borden (voice)


Melding the seemingly disparate traditions of apocalyptic live-action graphic novel and charming Victoria-era toy theater, Dante's Inferno is a subversive, darkly satirical update of the original 14th century literary classic. Retold with the use of intricately hand-drawn paper puppets and miniature sets, and without the use of CGI effects, this unusual travelogue takes viewers on a tour of hell. And what we find there, looks a lot like the modern world. Sporting a hoodie and a hang-over from the previous night's debauchery, Dante wakes to find he is lost - physically and metaphorically - in a strange part of town. He asks the first guy he sees for some help: The ancient Roman poet Virgil, wearing a mullet and what looks like a brown bathrobe. Having no one else to turn to, Dante's quickly convinced that his only means for survival is to follow Virgil voyage down, down through the depths of Hell. The pair cross into the underworld and there Virgil shows Dante the underbelly of the ... Written by Sean Meredith

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A wonderfully fun, unique spin on a literary masterpiece
20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you haven't read Dante's INFERNO (part 1 of THE DIVINE COMEDY), you should. And once you have, you should check on this delightfully innovative spin on that classic tale.

This isn't the INFERNO as Dante wrote it. Dante has been completely modernized; Hell resembles Los Angeles, the punishments aren't quite what you remember, and the people populating Hell are now familiar faces (Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Condoleeza Rice). There's also a good dose of Monty Python and Mike Judge in the black humor that drenches every scene.

And while the take has its own novelty, what really elevates the film from good to great is the consistently enjoyable animation. The use of hand-operated paper cut-out puppets is wonderful. The care that has gone into crafting the sets and characters themselves is quite impressive indeed.

Highly recommended.

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