The Divine Comedy Trilogy
Inferno, Purgatorio & Paradiso
Master Films Productions
pays tribute to Dante Alighieri
- the best poet of all time as well as "
- the first Italian film production in 1911 based on Dante's Divina Commedia
, as he is widely known and warmly called, was not only the best that happened to Italy, but also to the world as a whole. Among several books, Dante
wrote The Divine Comedy - Inferno, Purgatorio & Paradiso
, the most read book worldwide after The Bible
. It has been translated into over 35 languages. Dante
did not only wrote this fantastic poem but also invented the Italian language, which up until that time did not exist. Up to almost 700 years ago, people throughout Italy spoke only in dialects and wrote and read in Latin. Romans spoke Roman, Florentines spoke Florentine, and so on. Some say that there was Italy before Dante
and there is Italy after Dante
, not only because he invented the Italian language but also because he changed or initiated the change of its political and social system. Many people firmly believe that Dante
was on a sacred mission from God
to enlighten humankind.
For the Medieval faithful, Hell was the place of turmoil, chaos, pain, despair, wretchedness, and a general bad time. The Catholic church certainly took on these definitions of Hell, and used that fear aspect to its fullest.
This early "popular" view of Hell is vividly depicted in Dante Alighieri's Inferno
, which is probably the most recognized depiction of Hell. Part of a total set of works, known as The Divine Comedy
, written from 1307 to 1321, it also includes Purgatorio
(Purgatory) and Paradiso
(Heaven or Paradise).
A young scholar, Dante,
finds the perfect love relationship with Beatrice.
Later, he discovers that this relationship
cannot consummate until the afterlife. He is then sent by God
on a sacred mission to travel through Hell, Purgatory
and to share the resulting experience with humankind. He finally meets Beatrice,
at Paradise Gate
becomes his guide during the rest of his journey and to finally consumate their love for one another.
(Hell) is a central core of evil in the Earth's interior. There are nine circles in Hell, each corresponding to the seriousness
of the sins of the damned souls, in the lowest of which is Lucifer
himself, here known as Dis, frozen forever in ice.
On the other side of the globe of the Earth, in the centre of the Southern Hemisphere and directly opposite Jerusalem, is the
Island Mountain of Purgatorio
(Purgatory). It is a gigantic pyramid structure, with nine ledges on which the souls of the dead may purify
themselves for a time. At the apex of the pyramid is the Garden of Eden,
the earthly paradise in which human beings
originally fell from grace.
Above the earthly Eden is the heavenly Paradiso
(Paradise), consisting of nine concentric circles of heavens revolving about the earth
and corresponding to the sun, the moon, the planets, and the stars. Surrounding them is the Empyrean, the motionless heaven
and the Virgin Mary
reside. It is the adventure of this trip through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, so often
encountered in the literature of the ancients, that comprises the first level of meaning in the poem and movies, with Dante
demonstrating the Medieval theological world view.
Please click on the afterlife names below to read about each of the feature movies: