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Film Screening: Dante's Inferno directed by Sandow Birk
February 27, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Stevenson, Room 150
Free and open to the public (English dialogue)
Melding the seemingly disparate traditions of apocalyptic live-action graphic novel and charming Victorian-era toy theater, Dante’s Inferno is a subversive, darkly satirical update of the original 14th-century literary classic, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Retold with the use of intricately hand-drawn paper puppets and miniature sets, and without the use of CGI effects, this brilliant film takes viewers on a tour of Hell.
Sporting a hoodie and a hangover from the previous night’s debauchery, Dante wakes to find he is lost — literally and metaphorically — in a strange part of town. He asks the first guy he sees for some help, who turns out to be the ancient Roman poet Virgil, author of the Aeneid.
The pair descends into the underworld, where Virgil shows Dante the underbelly of the Inferno. Oddly enough, it closely resembles the decayed landscape of modern urban life: used car lots, strip malls, airport security checks, and the U.S. Capitol