Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Washington

L’Inferno by Francesco Bertolini, with an original soundtrack by Marco Castelli & L’Inferno by Francesco Bertolini - Commentary by John P. Welle

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L'Inferno (1911), a silent movie by Francesco BertoliniGiuseppe de Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan, is the first big budget production in the history of Italian cinema. Inspired by the famous engravings by Gustave Doré, the film was an unprecedented colossal: 3 years in the making, a cast of 150, 100 sets and a huge box office success in Europe and the US. Adapted from Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, and only available in damaged or censored copies, the film was restored to its full glory by L’Immagine Ritrovata Lab - Cineteca di Bologna

For this special screening, organized as part of the 21st Week of Italian Language in the World, Italian jazz saxophonist, Marco Castelli, recorded an original soundtrack live to accompany the most visionary of Italian silent films. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    30 minutes
  • Language
    Silent Film
  • Country
  • Director
    Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe de Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan
  • Producer
    Restored by L'Immagine Ritrovata at La Cineteca di Bologna
  • Composer
    Marco Castelli
  • Music
    Marco Castelli