DANTE'S INFERNO (1911)
Considered the first Italian feature-length film, this screen adaptation of Dante's "Inferno" was a massive worldwide hit in its day, perhaps owing less to its literary bona fides and more to its horrorific tableaux of the damned enduring the torments of hell, not to mention the copious semi-nudity on display. "Much of the film looks like it was pulled straight from Gustave Doré's famed illustrations of 'The Divine Comedy.' Yet seeing a picture in a book of a demon is one thing. Seeing it leap around lashing the naked backs of the damned is something else entirely. If you were ever tempted by the sin of simony, you'll think twice after seeing this film." –Jonathan Crow, Open Culture. DIR Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro; SCR from the poem by Dante Alighieri. Italy, 1911, b&w, 68 min. NOT RATED
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