Vilnius Town Hall invites to the screening of the Italian silent movie INFERNO (1911),
which will take place in the Big Hall, 4th February 6:30 pm.
This is a joint project organized by Vilnius Town Hall and the European Film Forum Scanorama.
The movie will be accompanied by Eglė Rudokaitė (organ) and Gabrielė Popovaitė (flute).
“The Hell“ (L’Inferno, Italy, 1911)
Directors: Giuseppe de Liguoro, Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan
Inferno is adapted from the first canticle of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy together with the engravings of Gustave Dore.
L'Inferno took over two years to make, and had the biggest film budget over 100 thousand liras. The complete masterpiece has taken about three hours, although the version that exists today is 70 minutes.
The final product seems to have taken about three hours, although the version that exists today is 70 minutes.
It grossed more than 2 million in the United States , 50 million in today’s money, and there it became the first film longer than an hour to be shown without interruption.
American film critic W. Stephen Bush wrote:
“I know no higher commendation of the work than mention of the fact that the film-makers have been exceedingly faithful to the words of the poet. They have followed, in letter and in spirit, his conceptions. They have sat like docile scholars at the feet of the master, conscientiously and to the best of their ability obeying every suggestion for his genius, knowing no inspiration, except such as came from the fountainhead. Great indeed has been their reward. They have made Dante intelligible to the masses. The immortal work, whose beauties until now were accessible only to a small band of scholars, has now after a sleep of more than six centuries become the property of mankind.”