Monday, 10 August 2009
1935 Dante's Inferno
Dante's Inferno (1935) - Hell sequence
Further to Dante's world, December 2007: I mentioned then the stunning Hell dream sequence in the 1935 Spencer Tracy movie, Dante's Inferno (Leslie Hallewell described it as "one of the most unexpected, imaginative and striking pieces of cinema in Hollywood's history" - see ‘It will burn itself into your memory forever!’ at The Big Whatsit).
The 1935 film is fairly unmemorable apart from this 8:46 segment, which was remarkable for its time and would be a major challenge to film even nowadays with CGI facilities. Some sources say it comes from an otherwise lost 1924 film, but whatever the origin, the designer and post-impressionist painter Harry Lachman clearly modelled it on the classic Gustav Doré engravings for Dante's Inferno.