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Early Epics, Silent Divas: Italian Cinema 19091925

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus The Italian Academy 1161 Amsterdam Avenue

The Italian Academy and the School of the Arts -- M.A. in Film Studies Program present

Early Epics, Silent Divas: Italian Cinema 19091925

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Oct. 15: Inferno (F. Bertolini, A. Padovan, and G. de Liguoro, 1911; 66 minutes)
Preceded by the short Il diavolo zoppo - The Crippled Devil (1909, 15 minutes)
Introduced by Elizabeth Leake (Columbia University)

The longest and most expensive Italian film ever produced up to 1911, Inferno is a cinematic adaptation of the first section of Dantes Divine Comedy. It was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of Italy. Compared to Gustave Dors famous paintings of the Divine Comedy, the film enjoyed huge success both in Italy and overseas, partly thanks to its faithful rendering of Dantes masterpiece.

Categories: Arts: Film