Dante’s devil dance
What an immense and strange beast this is. L’Inferno is apparently the first Italian feature film and is the first adaptation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. The film is beaming with startling, stunning and at times beautiful imagery; achieved by the crowd of nude actors playing the poor souls stricken to a life in hell creating a nightmarish vision of what hell would be like. These poor souls are subjected to a range of torturous happenings (which is really all the film consists of) and the audience will likely find themselves uncomfortable at the brave finesse of which the directors (Francesco Bertolini and Adolfo Padovan) managed to pull off something which could have been rendered impossible to film for its time.
The pacing of the film is what is most at fault here. The idea becomes repetitious and less exciting after 30 minutes, if only the film was half its running time.
Reviewed as part of my History of the Terrifying challenge.
Other notable horror releases for 1911:
Baron Munchausen’s Dream
The Hunchback of Notre Dame