Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe De Liguoro’s L’inferno (1911), a Doré-inspired visualisation of the eponymous first canticle in Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia (1320), is commonly considered to be Italy’s first feature-length film – and also the first local attempt at making something that, in the eyes of a bourgeois audience, would be accepted as having artistic value.

Stephen Broomer, now takes the complete film and re-works it by all means, analogue and digital, available to the modern filmmaker – in the process also destroying some parts, which after too long in an acid bath had more or less dissolved, to give just one example. But who is Tondal? A knight errant who appears in the Divina Commedia, but also an older literary character (from the 1100s) whose story was re-told till deep into the 15th century. Seeing Hell makes Tondal more pious. Will sharing Tondal’s Vision humble its audiences? Expect a grand, exceptional audio-visual spectacle!

Filmmaker
Stephen Broomer
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Canada
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
64’
Language
English
Producer
Stephen Broomer
Sales
Stephen Broomer
Editor
Stephen Broomer
Sound Design
Stuart Broomer
Music
Stuart Broomer