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A TV Dante 

The first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno (up to the entrance to the city of Dis). The text is read entirely in "talking head" fashion, and punctuated with a kaleidoscopic blend of both newly shot and archival footage.
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Series cast summary:
John Gielgud ...  Virgil 6 episodes, 1991
Bob Peck ...  the voice of Dante 6 episodes, 1991
Fernando Bordeu Fernando Bordeu ...  Virgil 6 episodes, 1991
Francisco Reyes ...  Dante 6 episodes, 1991
Joanne Whalley ...  Beatrice 4 episodes, 1990
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The first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno (up to the entrance to the city of Dis). The text is read entirely in "talking head" fashion, and punctuated with a kaleidoscopic blend of both newly shot and archival footage.

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Netherlands | UK

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English

Release Date:

29 July 1990 (UK) See more »

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A TV Dante: The Inferno - Cantos I-VIII See more »

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(8 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Version of Pokol - Inferno (1974) See more »

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A Triumph
27 April 2011 | by tomgraham101-39-39878See all my reviews

Peter Greenaway and Tom Philips have together created the single most visionary piece of television ever broadcast. Those who complain about the lack of 'cinematic grammar' are missing the very point - it's like an illuminated manuscript, but one created using the most cutting edge (for its time) technology, and employing a post-modern aesthetic that allows anything and everything to be thrown into the mixture, be it high medieval poetry or today's breaking news images. Grainy stock footage of blips moving on a radar screen is hauntingly used to depict angels passing through the heavenly spheres - a Muyrbridge sequence of a powerful boxer descending a staircase becomes Christ's harrowing of Hell - Dante's internalised world is rendered as a modern ultra-scan screen - desperate escapees attempting to flee across the Berlin wall become, literally, souls in Hell.

The actors performing Dante, Virgil and Beatrice give superb readings of the poem, whilst experts and commentators provide moving footnotes just as in a printed edition of the Inferno. The elaborate and meticulous word-paintings of Tom Phillips are beautifully interwoven with the bold filmic images of Peter Greenaway, creating a unique and inspirational experience that shows up just how thin and watery most of what passes for TV actually is.

A masterpiece.


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