Infernal images: Dante in the history of cinema

Every Tuesday from September to December, the Cineclub Arsenale in Pisa hosts a free admission film event dedicated to the Supreme Poet

Infernal images poster

The Cineclub Arsenale di Pisa hosts the film festival titled “Infernal Images: Dante in the history of Cinema” from September and December. The project places the figure of Dante Alighieri at the center of the cultural debate, starting from the origins of the seventh art up until contemporary cinema.

The first event is on September 28 with the preview screening of the only surviving fragment of “Il Conte Ugolino”, directed in 1908 by Giuseppe De Liguoro and Giovanni Pastrone, and of “Dante and Beatrice” of 1913, both restored by the Cineteca di Milano. Music will be performed live by the musicians Davide Barbafiera and Tommaso Tanzini, in an evening introduced by Chiara Tognolotti, professor of History of Italian Cinema at the University of Pisa.

There are fifteen scheduled events, including film screenings, live soundtracks, exhibitions of original film materials and high-profile talks, such as “La Commedia nella Videoarte” by Alessandra Lischi (University of Pisa) with words by directors Ilaria Di Carlo and Matias Guerra and Irit Batrsy (Loops.Expanded), and “Dante Pop” by Augusto Sainati (Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples) with lectures by Stella Dagna (University of Turin), film critic Steve Della Casa and Edoardo Esposito, expert on animation. Among the special events is a day-long event on October 29 as part of the Fi.Pi.Li. Livorno Horror Festival.

The official poster for the event was designed by Francesco Ripoli, the nationally renowned illustrator and cartoonist who designed Dylan Dog and was awarded the “Micheluzzi” award for Best Comic at the Comicon of Naples for Ilaria Alpi, il Prezzo della verità.

The events series is organized in collaboration with Mediateca Toscana, the multimedia library of the Fondazione Sistema Toscana that’s specialized in cinema and the audiovisual. Its archives are open to the public, with many films dedicated to Dante Alighieri, including works dating back to the origins of cinema in the early 1900s, to the most recent titles. A section dedicated to #Dantealcinema is also online on the Mediateca Toscana website (www.mediatecatoscana.it), where news and updates regarding “Infernal images: Dante in the history of Cinema” will be available.

The project is carried out by the Cineclub Arsenale with the contribution of the Fondazione Pisa, the Fondazione Sistema Toscana, the Mediateca Toscana and the Scuola Normale Superiore, in collaboration with the Cineteca Nazionale CSC, Cineteca di Bologna, the National Cinema Museum of Turin, Cineteca di Milano MIC, Pisa Jazz Festival, Fi.Pi.Li. Horror Festival, Associazione Culturale Ondavideo, and the Loops.Expanded international network.

The programme for “Infernal Images: Dante in the History of Cinema”


Tuesday 28 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

COUNT UGOLINO by Giuseppe De Liguoro; Italy, 1908, 4 ‘- Restored by the Cineteca di Milano MIC Preview

DANTE AND BEATRICE by Mario Caserini; Italy, 1913, 45 ‘- Restored by the Cineteca di Milano MIC

Live soundtrack by Davide Barbafiera and Tommaso Tanzini. Introduced by Chiara Tognolotti (University of Pisa)



Tuesday 5 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

LA MIRABILE VISIONE by Luigi Sapelli; Italy, 1921, 135 ‘- Restored by CSC-Cineteca Nazionale. Live soundtrack by Pee Wee Durante. Introduced by Francesco Mariotti (Pisa Jazz)


Tuesday 12 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

DANTE NELLA VITA E NEI TEMPI SUOI by Domenico Gaido; Italy, 1922, 92 ‘- Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna. Live soundtrack by Nino Pellegrini and Dimitri Grechi Espinoza


Tuesday 19 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa


Event curated by Sandra Lischi (University of Pisa). With the participation of directors Ilaria Di Carlo and Matias Guerra, and Irit Batrsy (Loops.Expanded)

Screening of Ilaria Di Carlo’s “The Divine Way” and other works by the Loops.Expanded international network, and of the “Dante” video-interview by director Peter Greenaway in the Torre del Conte Ugolino in Pisa.


Tuesday 26 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

MACISTE ALL’INFERNO by Guido Brignone; Italy, 1926, 91 ‘- Restored by the National Cinema Museum of Turin.

Live soundtrack by Guido Tongiorgi, Matteo Bonti and Pietro Borsò



5.00 pm Sala LEM, Piazza del Pamiglione 1, Livorno


Discussion on artwork and comics based on Dante, with Francesco Ripoli, Marcello Toninelli and Alessio D’Uva. Moderated by Virginia Tonfoni and Antonio Capellupo. Free admission upon reservation

8.30 pm Cinema Teatro 4 Mori, Livorno

L’INFERNO by F. Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe de Liguoro; Italy, 1911, 71 ‘- Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna. Live music by Letizia Renzini. Ticket required



Tuesday 2 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

DANTE’S INFERNO – LA NAVE DI SATANA by Harry Lachman; United States, 1935, 88 ‘


Tuesday 9 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

IL CONTE UGOLINO by Riccardo Freda; Italy, 1949, 86 ‘


Tuesday 16 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

TOTO ‘ALL’INFERNO by Camillo Mastrocinque; Italy, 1955, 88 ‘


Tuesday 23 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

Il MISTERO DI DANTE by Louis Nero; Italy, 2014, 100 ‘



Tuesday 7 at 9.00 pm – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa

INFERNO by Ron Howard, United States, 2016, 121 ‘


Tuesday 14 at 19.00 – Cineclub Arsenale, Pisa


Event organized by Augusto Sainati (Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples). With Stella Dagna (University of Turin), Steve Della Casa (film critic) and Edoardo Esposito (animation expert)



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