From the archives: mine & Erik Rissetto’s horribly pretentious attempt at a neorealist adaptation of Dante: Il Inferno (Canto X: Gli Eretici). This dates back to 2007, and stars myself as the poet, Signore Rissetto as Virgil, Josh Ades as Farinata, and Jonathan Huffman as Cavalcanti.
It is important to note two things:
- No one involved in this film had anything more than a passing knowledge of Italian at the time of production (especially in terms of pronunciation, a fact painfully obvious in Monsieur Ades’s faux-French slurs), and
- When I conceptualized this film, I had not yet learned that Fellini was not, in fact, a neorealist, which explains the overt references to 8 1/2 and La Dolce Vita throughout.