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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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 »


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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Darkly humorous with a unique presentation
6 November 2015 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Having read the Inferno of Dante's works, it can become a bit stale with all of the adaptations and re-adaptations. The video game based on the works was okay but limited only to the horror/action genre that it had set itself up to be. I find this take on the classic to be NOT watered down, but a modern interpretation that a layman can view and perhaps be inspired to look more into it.

All of the snobs that say that it's dumbed down apparently don't realize that very old classic literature--especially ones with heavy religious themes--don't click with everyone and can appear on the surface as holier-than-thou to a modern reader. With this film the basics of not only the horrors of Hell and Dante's enduring love for Beatrice (which would probably seem obsessive and maudlin for today's audience) are presented in a digestible way. I was already acquainted with the Circles of Hell even before watching this film, but making parallels and connections to what I knew and the "updated" version of it proved to be just as entertaining as if I came knowing little about the source material.

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