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Dante's Inferno (2007)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy | January 2007 (USA)
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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Sean Meredith

Writers:

Paul Zaloom (screenplay), Sandow Birk (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Abatemarco ... Lying Defendant / Farinata (voice)
Scott Adsit ... Judge Minos / Paolo / Hirohito / Copter Pilot / Spiro Agnew (voice)
Matt Besser ... Metallica Defendant / L. Ron Hubbard / Curtis LeMay / Airport Security (voice)
Bill Chott ... Ciaccio 'El Gordo' / Calvacanti / Stalin / Ulysses' Crew (voice)
Michael Coleman ... Charon / Phlegyas / Senator / Dick Cheney (voice) (as Mike Coleman)
James Cromwell ... Virgil (voice)
Andrew Daly ... Lucan / 'Right On' Glutton / Jim Jones / Airport Screener / Ulysses' Naysayer (voice)
John Fleck ... Brunetto Latini (voice)
Sean Forrester Sean Forrester ... Horace / Mr. Argenti / White Pimp / Beating Victim / Airport Security / Insider Trader #2 (voice)
Tony Hale ... Ovid / Real Estate Broker / Pope Nicholas 3rd (voice)
Tom Hallick ... George Sanders / Deep Voiced Lobbyist (voice)
Laura Krafft Laura Krafft ... George Sand / Airport P.A. / Subway P.A. (voice)
Brandon Johnson ... Irate Driver / Mounted Policeman / Pimp #1 / Pimp #3 / Airport Security (voice)
Dermot Mulroney ... Dante (voice)
Martha Plimpton ... 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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Dante. Virgil. Hell. Puppets. Questions? See more »

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dante Pokla See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Virgil: This is Hell, Dante. Not your personal fantasy.
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Innovative take on a literary classic. Well done!
22 April 2007 | by ApologetickidSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Huntington Beach Film Festival in April 2007, and I loved it! Sandow Birk has an amazing ability to modernize classics, and his adaptation of the Divine Comedy is a prime example. I was delighted to see that he still isn't afraid to use popular culture in his work (as evidenced by the many food chains displayed blatantly in the background sets). Anyone could have made a half-decent film adaptation of the Inferno, but Birk and his crew went above and beyond to display innovation and creativity. I've never seen a puppet show on film, but this film manages to employ humor with a modern twist, without sacrificing the details of Dante's work. Really well done. Granted, this film will not please all audiences and I would be surprised to see it anywhere other than indie-theaters or film fests, but if you have an opportunity to see this, take it!


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