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).

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“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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“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!

 

Uber Reviews for Charon, Boatman of Hades

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SERVING HADES AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
127 Fields of Punishment Ave.

[…]

“✩ ✩ ✩
KAREN T.
He arrived on time, so three stars for that. But he was not very fun. I said, ‘Hey, Charon,’ and he got offended, saying, ‘It’s pronounced “Karen.” ‘ So I was, like, ‘Oh, my God! Shut up! My name is Karen!,’ and then he rolled his burning fire-eyes and melted into the ether and left me there in the middle of the River Styx. Rude.

“✩
LISA M.
Big surprise. Yet another service that won’t take me to Brooklyn.” –Cirocco Dunlap, The New Yorker

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” (2014)

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“Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”  —Amazon

Contributed by Gabriella and Pamela Montanaro

Nine Circles of PR Hell

“For those PR professionals not involved in the candy, safety, party, and costume industries, what does Halloween mean for them? With everyone thinking of the underworld, it made me think about the venial and mortal sins that some PR professionals may commit as part of their daily practice of PR. In his Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri wrote of the Nine Circles of Hell. That caused me to wonder – what are the nine circles of PR Hell?” — Mark W. McClennan, PRSA Boston, October 31, 2014

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Wallace Zane, Taxi Inferno (2014)

Taxi InfernoA death and violence, deceit and fraud, cab-driving, police-chasing translation of Dante’s Inferno.

“Set in the hellish world of cab-driving in Los Angeles in the year 2000, Taxi Inferno is an idiomatic interpretation/translation and transposition of Inferno. In place of Dante walking through hell with Virgil as the guide, the author is driving a cab in LA with Charles Bukowski. The narrative is shot through with the feel of dim and smoky death and the thrall of disgust that impels one on, as is Dante’s.

Taxi Inferno is written as a mirror image of Inferno. Virgil becomes less competent the deeper into hell they go; Bukowski becomes more so, and even heroic in his guidance. Each location in Los Angeles compares with one of the circles of hell, corresponding to Dante’s description of the terrain and its punishments.”    —Amazon.com

Contributed by Wallace Zane

420PEOPLE, “Inferno – Variations on Dante” (2014)

Inferno - Variations on DanteCzech dance company 420PEOPLE has created a piece entitled “Inferno – Variations on Dante“, which premiered on September 30th, 2014. The performance is described on the 420PEOPLE website as

“A tragicomic parable on a human fight with sorrow, boredom and laziness that sneak into our lives with middle age. Inferno is not a place, it is a state of soul.”

 

Contributed by Michele Torresani