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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The epic film of a lost young man's journey through hell. See more »


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Dante Pokla  »

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Did You Know?


Head Puppeteer/Writer/Producer Paul Zaloom is Beakman, the wild master of science on TV's "Beakman's World." See more »


Virgil: This is Hell, Dante. Not your personal fantasy.
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Spoofed in Hell for Bread (2011) See more »

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Innovative take on a literary classic. Well done!
22 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Huntington Beach Film Festival in April 2007, and I loved it! Sandow Birk has an amazing ability to modernize classics, and his adaptation of the Divine Comedy is a prime example. I was delighted to see that he still isn't afraid to use popular culture in his work (as evidenced by the many food chains displayed blatantly in the background sets). Anyone could have made a half-decent film adaptation of the Inferno, but Birk and his crew went above and beyond to display innovation and creativity. I've never seen a puppet show on film, but this film manages to employ humor with a modern twist, without sacrificing the details of Dante's work. Really well done. Granted, this film will not please all audiences and I would be surprised to see it anywhere other than indie-theaters or film fests, but if you have an opportunity to see this, take it!

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