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Now this is cool! Trailer for a 1911 mega budget Italian adaptation of DANTE'S THE INFERNO with Tangerine Dream music!

Hey folks, Harry here - this is pretty damn cool. The very first Italian feature length film. Based on Dante's INFERNO - filled with demons, monsters, hell, damnation, nudity and pretty much the kitchen sink. Oh and Tangerine Dream? It seems it's on DVD in England, but as of now there doesn't seem to be a U.S. Domestic distributor either theatrically or on Home Video - but this looks friggin Amazing! Come on someone... give it to us in theaters!

You gents seen this yet? I think it might greatly interest your readers.

Click Here For L'INFERNO

A 1911 big-budget Italian adaptation of Danté's 'The Inferno', remastered with creepy Tangerine Dream Music. Disturbing and surreal. Courtesy the Fortean list.

Rick Kleffel

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  • April 11, 2005, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Naked Fat Guys

    by ico-jones

    Nothing like a naked fat guy to start your day.

  • April 11, 2005, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Huh?

    by Childe Roland

    Kind of hard to believe this got made in that time period. I've always wondered how Dante's vision of hell would translate to the big screen. I thought Neil Gaiman captured elements of it expertly with his visuals in Sandman, but never expected that sort of thing would work on film. This has me curious.

  • April 11, 2005, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I have this on DVD.

    by godoffireinhell

    It's amazing. I wish they had managed to recreate the original music played in the theaters that showed the film, though. Not to bash Tangerine Dream but their score is too modern in my opinion.

  • April 11, 2005, 10:58 a.m. CST

    ico-jones

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    I agree... mmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • April 11, 2005, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Looking for a new vehicle for Ashton Kutchner?

    by cookylamoo

    Look no further. Actually, I would love to see a movie adaption of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle novel "Inferno" about a science ficton writer trapped in Dante's version of Hell.

  • April 11, 2005, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Amazing. 1911?

    by Agador

    Can't believe this is from 1911. I mean, that's almost a century ago. Some of the effects are incredible, and look at least as convincing as some of the CGI crap in, say, Van Helsing.

  • April 11, 2005, 12:27 p.m. CST

    What the hell was that?

    by gil-galad12

    Whatever it was, that trailer has my butt in the theatre already.

  • April 11, 2005, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Wow. I bet this fucked people's heads up in 1912!

    by exit272

    Naked sinners being whipped by demons. Fire falling from the sky. Shows you just how inventive people were way back when, when all you could do were in-camera FX. I'd like to see this.

  • April 11, 2005, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by GwynsHeadinaBox

    ...Or does Satan bear a striking resemblance to post-spiderhole Saddam?

  • April 11, 2005, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Wow, lots of naked dudes

    by Slim_Goodbody

    And I think I saw a dead raped deer. Seriously, does this print need some restoration or what? Seems like a important enough film.

  • April 11, 2005, 5:26 p.m. CST

    metropolis anyone?

    by gredenko

    doesn't anyone remember Metropolis and how the space rock soundtrack sounded like a good idea for a couple years, and how it's almost universally hated that way now? same thing here. this music is cheese.

  • April 11, 2005, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Remastered?

    by splbrg75

    Sheeesh. 1911 or no, if there's technology out there to make Keanu Reeves a star, this should look a helluva lot better!

  • April 11, 2005, 8:01 p.m. CST

    The LotR of its day

    by Anakin Whoopass

    A book full of fantasy imagery that nobody thought could be filmed, exclusive previews given to the book's fan community to win their support, huge teams of artists, a completed film of incredible complexity and length (by standards then), critical praise for the achievement. Everybody should read the short press articles from 1912 on the site. Technology changes, people stay the same. Agree that the original music should be found and used, much as I like Tangerine Dream (Near Dark rules). The problem is creating an arbitrarily anachronistic amalgam that the future will mock. The material needs its original music to be respected and set fully in its own time, though I'd favor a full orchestral and choral arrangement of the original, not just a piano score, as long as it sounds like something that could have been performed live a century ago.

  • April 11, 2005, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Mirrors please?

    by HarpuaFSB

  • April 11, 2005, 10:42 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo

    by HomerGator

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's "Inferno" is THE difinitive INFERNO story. Any geek who hasn't read it, get on alibris.com and order one of the out of print paperbacks for 5 bucks. It's a GREAT read. So much so in fact, that it's the project I'm currently working on writing into a screenplay. Just an idle writing inbetween writing things to attempt to sell. I hope, though, that someday, whether with my script or another, that book gets made into a film, because it is INCREDIBLY cinematic.

  • April 12, 2005, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Soundtrack

    by Electric Tsunami

    I have not heard this film's soundtrack but can say that I was underwhelmed by hearing the original Metropolis score. Film scores have definitely advanced since the era of the silents (the complexity is different - one orchestra needs to play it competently one time, not night after night and travel with the film - as well as the language of film score - it is a different composition than "classical" or opera). Depending on the liberties a composer takes with a soundtrack to a silent film, the effect can radically change the mood of a scene. And it may even have to do with the way we hear a piece of music over the way audiences "of the day" heard it. Should we watch the film with Italian intertitles as well to experience what the historical audiences saw?

  • April 12, 2005, 1:22 a.m. CST

    My mother has Tangerine Dream on white vinyl..

    by Jugs

    ...I guess that explains a few things.

  • April 12, 2005, 10:37 a.m. CST

    If you have problems getting hold of the dvd then you should rem

    by workshed

    ...freely available on emule. Lots of p2p with it too.