As Above, So Below (2014)

As Above So Below

The thriller film As Above, So Below features a journey to the catacombs below Paris – and a Dantesque passage.

The wall above the entry to this passage reads, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

Contributed by Erik Anderson, Hargrave Military Academy ’15

The Eleventh Circle of Hell

“Hi. We are a married couple, let’s call us Sally and Jimmy. We’re going to write about the messed up insane treatment my family receives from my extended family – mother, father, sister + son. This is Jimmy, by the way.

“Tonight, I was at work. Sally picked me up and was crying. Our car had broken down at a friend’s house last night.

“This morning was hell; our son was very hard to deal with getting ready for school. then there’s the guilt my mom throws in about getting the kid a haircut. She paid for my sister’s son’s haircut; took him there, too. She didn’t offer the same for our son.” — TYPEOGRAPHIE, The Eleventh Circle, September 4, 2014

Read the rest of the article here.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

Yu-Gi-Oh!

In 2014, the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise released a set of trading cards called “Duelist Alliance.” The set featured characters from The Divine Comedy, including Dante (“Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss“), Virgil (“Virgil, Rock Star of the Burning Abyss“), and Malebranche demons like Graff (“Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss“).

Contributed by Ramiro Castillo (University of Texas at Austin, ’17)

“Let it Go,” Dante’s Inferno Version (2014)

Let it Go

As part of a short film, “Chauncy Cobra and the Writing on the Wall,” students wrote and performed a parody of “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen. In the song, Dante laments his time spent in Hell, begging Beatrice, “Let me go!”

Watch the music video here.

 

Contributed by Mary Margaret Blum (Gettysburg College, ’18)

Luca Lussoso, Dante (2014)

Dante (2014).  Directed by Luca Lussoso and produced by Anna Elettra Pizzi De Gaetano of Elektra Films.

“Attraverso un film che fa riflettere sulle nostre azioni quotidiane, il regista raccoglie una sfida: riproporre la Divina Commedia, una pietra miliare della letteratura mondiale, in chiave moderna utilizzando le più moderne tecnologie digitali ed innovando i metodi per la divulgazione culturale.

“Luca Lussoso dipinge un aldilà elaborato e ricco di dettagli ai quali dare minuziosamente la caccia tra i versi della Divina Commedia.”    —Official website

Exhumation of Cangrande I della Scala

A study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science in December of 2014 confirms that Cangrande I della Scala (1291-1329), member of a ruling family in Verona and a major patron of Dante’s, was killed by Digitalis poisoning (more commonly known as foxglove).

Cangrande

“The natural mummy of Cangrande della Scala was exhumed from its tomb in the church of Santa Maria Antiqua in Verona and was submitted to a multidisciplinary study […] the hypothesis of poisoning is mentioned by some local historical sources. The palaeopathological analyses confirm a Digitalis poisoning. The most likely hypothesis on the causes of death is that of a deliberate administration of a lethal amount of Digitalis.”    –“A medieval case of digitalis poisoning: the sudden death of Cangrande della Scala, lord of Verona (1291–1329)

Read the article here.

 

Contributed by Humberto González Chávez

 

Over the Garden Wall (2014)

Over the Garden WallOver the Garden Wall is a cartoon mini-series on Cartoon Network, based on Patrick McHale’s short animated film Tome of the Unknown. It centers on a young poet, Wirt, and his half-brother Greg, as they travel through a dark forest called “The Unknown”. They are accompanied by a talking bluebird named Beatrice.  The mini-series has ten episodes; the latter nine loosely correspond to the circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno.

Visit this site for a closer look at the correspondences between the Inferno and Over the Garden Wall.

To visit the show’s blog on Cartoon Network, click here.

Contributed by Kate Peterson

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Ismail Kadare’s Twilight of the Eastern Gods

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“[…] “Twilight of the Eastern Gods was published in parts in Albania between 1962 and 1978, translated into French by Jusuf Vrioni in 1981, and only now appears in English, in David Bellos’s translation of Vrioni’s French. In his introduction Bellos assures us of the factuality of Kadare’s account of the Pasternak affair, and says that many of the faculty and students at the Gorky Institute are called by their real names, but reports that Kadare’s wife’s study of his early correspondence has shown that other elements of the book, such as the narrator’s romance with a young Moscovite called Lida Snegina, are entirely fictional.”

[…]

“Here’s the way the narrator describes the Gorky Institute dormitory to Lida: ‘First floor: that’s where the first-year students stay; they’ve not yet committed many literary sins. Second floor: critics, conformist playwrights, whitewashers. Third . . . circle: dogmatics . . . and Russian nationalists. Fourth circle: women, liberals and people disenchanted with socialism. Fifth circle: slanderers and snitches. Sixth circle: denaturalized writers who have abandoned their own language to write in Russian.’  I’m not sure if I’d rank him with Dante, but I intend to keep laying an annual £20 bet on Kadare for as long as he lives.”

–Christian Lorentzen, The New York Times, November 26, 2014

“Tevez, l’ultima follia. L’inferno sulla schiena”

Tevez-tattoo-inferno-schiena-juventus-dante“‘Lasciate ogni speranza o voi che entrate.’ Tutto sommato potrebbe essere questo il messaggio dell’ultima follia di Carlitos Tevez: un maxi tatuaggio realizzato dall’artista polacco Piotrek Taton. Tutta la schiena dell’Apache (non cè più spazio) è così diventata un groviglio di anime perse, dannati e diavoli.” — Gaetano de Stefano, La Gazzetta dello Sport, December 9, 2014

Hypersunday, Inferno (2014)

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HYPERSUNDAY is the electronic music project of Héctor González and niet!  They arrived a year ago on the scene with one foot in the light and another in darkness, and with a lot of respect and love for music.  Commedia-Intro is the first album of a quartet inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Their second album, which will be ready in late 2014, is set in a Hell inspired by Dante. Very soon you will be able to travel through the entire map you can see below, finding a new Hypersunday track inside each Inferno’s circle. But at the moment, we invite you to visit the Circle II, corresponding to LUST, circle IV, about AVARICE and PRODIGALITY, circle V, LAZINESS and ANGER and the VESTIBULE. Click the places names and begin your trip!