The “Infernal Marathon”: Dante comes to life

A wonderful excerpt from “Infernal Marathon”, a project by Società Dante Alighieri.

According to its creators, the “Infernal Marathon” “offers a modern interpretation of Dante’s ‘Inferno’, representing the verses of this most eminent of Italian poets with images of Italy’s historical, artistic and naturalistic heritage. The project’s goal is to contribute to the popularization of ‘The Divine Comedy’ while also promoting the most beautiful places in our country. All 34 cantos are translated into evocative images by director – and co-creator, with Paolo Peluffo – Lamberto Lambertini, making for an original journey of emotions. Cities and streets, deserted and crowded, by and by night, villages, water and fields, pathways, forests and glades, new views on both the most famous and lesser-known sites, houses and churches, factories and ruins, plains and highlands, coastlines, modern simulacra and vestiges of the past, immersed in the mystery of history – just like the story of Dante’s time.”

The video dedicated to the first canto of the “Inferno” – which we are proud to publish for the readers of “Italian Ways”, courtesy of Società Dante Alighieri – was filmed in Naples in July 2010, and revolves around the figure of sculptor Ciro Vignes. While we hear Lamberto Lambertini recite the first verses of “The Divine Comedy”, we see the artist create a wonderful terracotta portrait of Dante.

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