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Dante's Inferno (2007)

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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Lying Defendant / Farinata (voice)
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Judge Minos / Paolo / Hirohito / Copter Pilot / Spiro Agnew (voice)
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Metallica Defendant / L. Ron Hubbard / Curtis LeMay / Airport Security (voice)
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Ciaccio 'El Gordo' / Calvacanti / Stalin / Ulysses' Crew (voice)
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Charon / Phlegyas / Senator / Dick Cheney (voice) (as Mike Coleman)
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Virgil (voice)
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Lucan / 'Right On' Glutton / Jim Jones / Airport Screener / Ulysses' Naysayer (voice)
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Brunetto Latini (voice)
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Horace / Mr. Argenti / White Pimp / Beating Victim / Airport Security / Insider Trader #2 (voice)
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Ovid / Real Estate Broker / Pope Nicholas 3rd (voice)
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George Sanders / Deep Voiced Lobbyist (voice)
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George Sand / Airport P.A. / Subway P.A. (voice)
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Irate Driver / Mounted Policeman / Pimp #1 / Pimp #3 / Airport Security (voice)
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Dante (voice)
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Celia / Lobbyist Singer / Lizzie Borden (voice)
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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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To Hell and back through the streets of America: a journey in toy theater. See more »

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Dermot Mulroney (voice of Dante) plays the cello on the piece of music that opens the film. See more »

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Ulysses - Strom Thurmond: I'm not Mrs. Butterworth, God Dammit. I'm Senator Strom Thurmond.
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Spoofed in Hell for Bread (2011) See more »

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Enjoyable tribute to Dante
28 October 2008 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

You never know what you're going to get with an independent film...Even one that's "won awards." I'm pleased to say that this film both entertained and impressed me visually. The art style had me nervous at first, but as the film progressed it was clear that these filmmakers put a lot of effort into the look of the film.

Of course, you should know this film has no insights to speak of. This gives a very surface-level account of the inferno...which I read once 8 years ago, and still remember details this film left out. The film basically defines each level, provides one or two examples, and moves on. History and philosophy aside, the film does well to keep things low-key, and uses that to their comedic advantage wisely. The film is never laugh-out-loud funny, but it definitely aims to be a comedy.

I wasn't watching this movie for a thought-provoking film, I was just looking for a visually entertaining movie, and it was.

8/10


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