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Dante's Inferno (1911)

L'Inferno (original title)
Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

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Dante Alighieri (poem)
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Salvatore Papa Salvatore Papa ... Dante Alighieri
Arturo Pirovano Arturo Pirovano ... Virgilio
Giuseppe de Liguoro Giuseppe de Liguoro ... Farinata degli Uberti
Pier Delle Vigne Pier Delle Vigne ... Il conte Ugolino
Augusto Milla Augusto Milla ... Lucifer
Attilio Motta Attilio Motta
Emilise Beretta Emilise Beretta
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The poet Dante is lost in a dark and gloomy wood. At the summit of a mountain he sees the light of salvation. He endeavors to ascend to it, but his way is barred by three wild beasts, symbolizing Avarice, Pride and Lust. Beatrice sees his predicament and descends from Paradise into Limbo, where she asks the poet Virgil to rescue and guide Dante. Virgil knows another way to go, but this leads straight through the entire Inferno, before it continues towards Paradise. Virgil leads Dante to the portals of Inferno. Charon ferries them over the river Acheron, and then they start their journey downwards through the different circles of Inferno. Dante meets all kind of sinners and sees the never-ending punishments they have to undergo. The various punishments are adjusted to the different transgressions. Among the sinners Dante recognizes many persons he has met in Florence, when they were still alive. They tell him their sad stories and why they have ended here. At last Dante and Virgil ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Trivia

First screened in Naples, Italy at the Teatro Mercadante on March 10, 1911. See more »

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When Francesca and Paolo fly down to speak to Dante in the Circle of Lust, the Kirby wires supporting them are visible. See more »

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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

L'Inferno (1911)

*** (out of 4)

Historically important film as it stands as the first feature from Italy as well as the first film to show full frontal nudity. Dante travels to Hell where he gets to see what really goes on down there. The special effects and sets in this thing are downright beautiful and quite a sight to behold, which is the real reason to check this thing out. The pits of Hell look incredibly good and compared to what was being done in America at the time there's no question why this thing would go over well in this country. The only downside to the actual film is that it's visually rather bland. What Griffith was doing in America through editing would have certainly improved this film. Another gripe is that the DVD producer's added an electronic music score, which also features lyrics from some woman singer, which sound horrid and really doesn't add anything to the film. After the first few minutes I turned the soundtrack off and watched the film without any music. Hopefully a different version, with a new score, will be released someday.


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Italy

Language:

Italian

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July 1911 (USA) See more »

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Black and White (tinted)

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1.33 : 1
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