Brought to Light: Inferno
1 June 2014
Australian Cinémathèque | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
QAGOMA thanks Cineteca di Bologna for providing the restored, tinted film print. For more information see the QAGOMA Blog.
Sun 1 Jun 2014 11.00am / Cinema A
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT, 66 MINUTES, ITALY, ITALIAN INTERTITLES (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: GIUSEPPE DE LIGUORO, ADOLFO PADOVAN, FRANCESCO BERTOLINI / SCRIPT: DANTE ALIGHIERI FROM THE FIRST CANTO OF ‘DIVINE COMEDY’ / CINEMATOGRAPHER: EMILIO RONCAROLO / CAST: SALVATORE PAPA, ARTURO PIROVANO, GIUSEPPE DE LIGUORO, ATTILIO MOTTA, EMILISE BERETTA, A. MILLA. / PRODUCTION COMPANY: MILANO FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: CINETECA DI BOLOGNA
Restored for the one hundredth anniversary of its release by Cineteca di Bologna and the Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, Inferno 1911 by Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe De Liguoro was the first feature-length Italian film. A huge international success, the film created visions of hell inspired notably by Gustave Doré’s illustrations for Dante’s Inferno. It has previously for many years only been possible to see the film on damaged or shortened prints but its marvellous staging of the first Canto of the Divine Comedy with its desolate landscapes, mythological beasts and metamorphoses has now been restored to full colour-tinted glory.
Inferno 1911 (as well as The Last Days of Pompeii 1926 that screens at 1.30 pm on Sunday 1 June) will be presented with live musical accompaniment by Mauro Colombis. Colombis is an Italian classically trained musician with international concert experience. He began to compose and improvise for silent movies, developing his own improvisation method. Since 2002 he has played internationally every year at theLe Giornate del Cinema Muto in Italy, the leading silent film festival.