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still from L'Inferno (1911)
Art, Cinema, History & Politics, Literature, Music, Photography, Theater & Dance

Dante in Silent Italian Cinema

N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Events

November 17, 2021
5:00 pm

New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.) Film Festival
celebrates its 31st edition in the United States
FREE Streaming in New York State November 12-20 on
Click here for the full list of films participating in the Festival and how to access them

The event will take place live on the Zoom platform
In order to participate, RSVP and you will receive an e-mail with invitation link to the event by 12pm on November 17
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On the occasion of the screenings of

(Italy; 1911; silent; 68 min.)
by Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe De Liguoro

Dante nella vita e nei tempi suoi
(Italy; 1922; silent; 160 min.)
by Domenico Gaido

A conversation between:
Gian Luca Farinelli, Director, Cineteca di Bologna
Alison Cornish, NYU, President, Dante Society of America
Peter Lucas, NYU Tisch
Director of Before the Close of Day: Passages from Dante’s Purgatorio

Moderated by Stefano Albertini, NYU

About the films:
L’Inferno is the very first feature film in Italian Cinema history, a faithful tale of the first canticle of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The film was restored and re-distributed in 2002 with music by Tangerine Dream and again in 2006 by the Cineteca di Bologna with music by Edison Studio (Mauro Cardi, Luigi Ceccarelli, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi and Alessandro Cipriani).
Dante nella vita e nei tempi suoi (Dante in His Life and Times) was filmed entirely in the city of Florence, in studios built in the Rifredi neighborhood. The movie was produced on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the poet’s death.