In Episode 6 of Season 3 of the HBO television series Succession, Kendall Roy describes the planned theme of his upcoming 40th birthday: “ End Times: Weimar meets Carthage meets Dante meets AI and antibiotic-resistant superbugs.”
“Wandering Star is a short film by filmmaker Sai Kelly. The short film begins with Dante’s opening lines from Inferno, Canto 1 but with a notable difference in that the words “our life” are replaced in the film with “my life.” The protagonist of the film, Dante, is clearly in distress and confused, much like the poet Dante when he appears in the dark wood. As Kelly’s Dante struggles with his confusion, a payphone nearby rings. On answering the payphone, we, along with the protagonist are introduced to a voice who later is called Virgil. Virgil shows the protagonist the most painful and darkest parts of the city where Dante lives. The people suffering “see no way out” mimicking the way in which there is no escape for the sinners of the Inferno. In the end, Dante faints, calls out to Virgil who tells him to run, and wakes up back on the streets of his city a changed person.” –Contributor Cameron Gunter
A full video of Wandering Star and more information about Sai Kelly can be found here.
Contributed by Cameron Gunter (University of Arkansas, ’22)
This “found” letter drafted by Sante Matteo recounts the story of Beatrice Portinari’s faked death in Florence and reestablishment as a different woman in Venice. The letter acts as Beatrice’s advice to Petrarch’s muse Laura on “how to deal with the consequences of being made the object of love poetry” (Contributor Sante Matteo). Throughout the text, various references are made to Dante, the Divine Comedy, and other poetic and literary works written by Dante.
The following is an excerpt from the letter explaining Beatrice’s identity:
“Before escaping from Florence, I was Beatrice Portinari. Yes, the Beatrice made famous by Dante Alighieri. I’m told that his poetry is well known in Avignon because of the community of Florentine expatriates who live there. . . If you do know the Commedia, you will know me as Dante’s guide from Purgatorio through Paradiso.” [. . .] –Sante Matteo, Twelve Winters Journal
For the full content of the letter, visit Twelve Winters journal here.
Contributed by Sante Matteo
Sold by Italian costume company Carnival Pegasus, this Dante costume consists of a one-piece red tunic and a white cap with laurel leaves. It is available in three sizes from Adult Small to Large and can be purchased for 29.90 euros online here.
The description notes that it may be “perfetto per recite, saggi scolastici, rappresentazioni, feste di Compleanno, Travestimenti, feste a tema, Cosplay, giochi di finzione, giochi di ruolo, Carnevale e sfilate di Carnevale.”[. . .] —Carnival Pegasus
“A young troubled man who finds himself living on the streets with a gun in his mouth and nowhere to go is given hope for a new life when he is taken in by a streetwise bum named Vern. Dante is introduced to the underground world of the homeless, the Crazies, where a bum can stay for the month of May and won’t need any money. A sanctuary for all those who have been forsaken. . . If only it were that easy. When corrupt politicians, drug dealers and an insane cult leader begin fighting for power, the meek homeless become nothing more than pawns in a malicious game of power. “I thought being homeless would be really easy,” Dante thinks, as him and Vern set off on their journey to fight the evil forces bent on corrupting the minds of the homeless. ” [. . .] –Rusty Cage, Indiegogo (retrieved October 18, 2021)
The series was started by Rusty Cage in 2018 and is currently on the third of eight planned installments.