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    Luca Lussoso’s ‘Dante,’ an adaptation of ‘Divine Comedy’

    Luca Lussoso’s ‘Dante,’ an adaptation of ‘Divine Comedy’

    One of the world’s greatest poets and considered father of the Italian language, Dante Alighieri has influenced cultures, arts and popular views around the globe.

    To mark the 750th anniversary of his birth, a local retail complex is holding special film screenings of two major films on Alighieri’s life and works, namely L’Inferno and Dante.

    Happening at the Shang Cineplex, the event is in partnership with Societa’ Dante Alighieri Comitato di Manila and the Philippine-Italian Association.

    Dramatic silent film L’Inferno premieres on November 10, 7 p.m. at Cinema 4, with the live musical scoring of Filipino rock icon Razorback.

    The Italian epic comes to life at the hands of director Giuseppe de Liguoro, as an imaginative film loosely adapted from Dante and inspired by the illustrations of Gustave Doré. Full of special effects, flashbacks, monsters, giants, dragons, demons, and other hellish apparitions, it makes a terrific impact just as it did when it first screened at Naples’ Teatro Mercandante in March 1911.

    Silent film ‘L’Inferno’ will feature the live musical scoring of Filipino rock icon Razorback

    Silent film ‘L’Inferno’ will feature the live musical scoring of Filipino rock icon Razorback

    Dante screens on November 10 at 3 p.m., and again on November 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4. Director Luca Lussoso took on the challenge of adapting the author’s masterpiece—the Divine Comedy—to the modern-day, painting an elaborate afterlife filled with details, while innovating the ways of culture divulgation.

    Both screenings are free admission and on a first-come, first-served basis. For inquiries, call 370-2500 local 597, or visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

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