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L'Inferno (Dante's Inferno) (1911)

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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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½

Considering "L'Inferno" was released in 1911 and was the first Italian feature ever, it's quite impressive. Virgil gives Dante a tour of Hell's circles and the directors offer a well-conceived representation of its gnarled, steamy grottos. Visual highlights include Lucifer's mouth chewing on Judas's body, the wind-swept pursuers of lust (shots of naked men rotating on turntables are layered together), the river of filth, the thieves' transformation into lizard-men and the traitors buried to their necks in ice. Unfortunately, this film is now primarily available with a ghastly Tangerine Dream soundtrack -- the solemn synthesizers aren't so bad, but the choice to add female-sung lyrics describing the action is unforgivable.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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A haunting and surreal trip to Christian hell impressively realized by Italian filmmakers Francesco Bertolini and Adolfo Padovan in 1911 and based on Dante's Inferno. The visual FX are amazing for their time featuring people turning into lizard-creatures, bodies writhing in agony in the sky, a man holding his own leporous head and this nightmarish image that I can finally put a name to since I've seen it for years in music videos and movies: Photobucket Although Tangerine Dream does the updated score and whom I am I big fan of-- it sucks, to put it simply. Having english lyrics to accompany the action in the scene is quite annoying and sometimes laughable. I finally just put on their soundtrack to "Wavelength" which fit much better. Overall the film is not what I would call a good time but it is certainly memorable and definitely NOT recommended in conjuction with mind-altering substances.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

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½

I've only seen the first half but I'd love to see the rest of it, as well.

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vieras esine

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