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A TV Dante 

The first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno (up to the entrance to the city of Dis). The text is read entirely in "talking head" fashion, and punctuated with a kaleidoscopic blend of both newly shot and archival footage.
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Series cast summary:
John Gielgud ...  Virgil 6 episodes, 1991
Bob Peck ...  the voice of Dante 6 episodes, 1991
Fernando Bordeu Fernando Bordeu ...  Virgil 6 episodes, 1991
Francisco Reyes ...  Dante 6 episodes, 1991
Joanne Whalley ...  Beatrice 4 episodes, 1990
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The first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno (up to the entrance to the city of Dis). The text is read entirely in "talking head" fashion, and punctuated with a kaleidoscopic blend of both newly shot and archival footage.

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Netherlands | UK

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English

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29 July 1990 (UK) See more »

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A TV Dante: The Inferno - Cantos I-VIII See more »

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(8 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Version of Pokol - Inferno (1974) See more »

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The clue's in the name
15 July 2010 | by steepholmSee all my reviews

I've not seen this since it appeared on Channel 4 back in the late '80s, when I enjoyed it a lot. However, that was all a long time ago, and many of the techniques used here were deployed more successfully in Prospero's Books a couple of years later, perhaps making this seem outmoded.

All I really want to say here is that reviews critiquing this as a piece of cinematic art are missing a pretty important point, namely that it was never intended to be shown in the cinema. It was made for broadcast on TV in (if I remember) ten-minute segments, just before the Channel 4 News. In that context, it worked very well indeed.


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