L'enfer, a silent film by Bertolini and Padovan, will be screened by Daniel Cloué and accompanied on piano by Ludovic de Preissac.
L’Enfer (L’Inferno) is an Italian silent film by Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe De Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan (it), inspired by the Divine Comedy, released in 1911.
Directed by Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe De Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan (it), the film is composed of 54 scenes. He faithfully recounts the first song, with a series of paintings inspired by illustrations by Gustave Doré. In the selva oscura Dante met Virgil and with him began a journey in circles and the Malebolge where they met all the famous characters of the poem: Minos, Paolo e Francesca, Farinata degli Uberti, Pierre Des Vignes, Lucifer, etc.
L’Enfer (L’Inferno) is the first Italian 5 reel film, produced by Milano Films; the latter suffered from competition from a smaller production company, called Helios Film, which in the same year, released a preview, a less colossal but erotically connoted Inferno (for example Francesca’s bare breast).
The film is a masterpiece of the costume genre for which Italian producers distinguished themselves in the 1910s and the first European film with great literary and artistic ambition. The cinematographic (in particular, superimposition) and theatrical (among other things, machinists’ string games) special effects created a realistic work, where for the first time the legends written in a coherent way were used, presenting each scene in its most popular verses or with an explanatory sentence in prose.
In the field of copyright, it is the first film to be registered as a protected work. The film was also a huge success abroad thanks to the distribution systems set up by Goffredo Lombardo (father).