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

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Virgil: This is Hell, Dante. Not your personal fantasy.
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A group of young filmmakers with virtually no budget set out to make something clever and original -- and while there is a bit of originality and some skilled drawing in this slacker puppet show take on "Dante's Inferno," there is nothing especially clever. Dante's "Divine Comedy" was a brilliant piece of social commentary. This film is a vaguely moralistic student film with pretensions to High Art.

I suspect those who loved this film were those readily amused by the sophomoric pokes at some icons of the political and/or religious right, and that those who hated it took offense at seeing their favored icons poked. Be that as it may, few of those pokes actually rose to the level of satire.

The high point of the movie is a sudden outbreak of "Schoolhouse Rock" on the subject of lobbying and the "revolving door." It's really a shame that the entire film couldn't have been a musical. That would have stripped away a great deal of the annoying film school pretentiousness and added a far stronger element of fun.


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