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Week of the Italian Language Buenos Aires

Categories: Culture and creativity -Cinema and Audio-visual -Music and Performing Arts
The Dantean programme of the Italian Cultural Institute.
Inferno (1911)
Inferno (1911)

Film and music take the leading role in the Dantean programme in the Argentine capital.

The film ‘Inferno’ by Bertolini, De Liguoro and Padovan was shown for the first time in Naples on 10 March 1911. Its success was not confined to Italy but was international. As part of the events in tribute to Dante Alighieri 700 years after his death, and following the success of the screening of this film in Buenos Aires in March, the IIC is offering once again this gem of Italian silent film for the XXI Week of the Italian Language in the World. Inspired by classical Dantean iconography, the film retraces the circles of Dante’s Hell, seen through the eyes of the great poet and his guide, Virgil, in a whirlwind of touching encounters with intensely dramatic stories and characters. Mauro Cardi, Luigi Ceccarelli, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi and Alessandro Cipriani, the four composers of Edison Studio,revisit and develop the tradition of musical accompaniment for silent film after more than 100 years, writing and performing live an absorbing soundtrack in which traditional acoustic instruments are replaced by the most innovative and original technological inventions. The screening will be on Thursday 21 October at the Teatro Coliseo.

On Friday 22 October the three-act play ‘Inspiración’ will be staged at the Teatro Coliseo. ‘Dante Conjetural’. A musical journey inspired by the Divine Comedy by the Hypnofón Orchestra, conducted by maestro Alejandro Terán. The orchestra will perform live versions of works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Tchaikovskij, among others, in a sensory journey traversed by Dante’s immortal words and by the moving images of the artists who painted the Divine Comedy. The performance will include quotations from Jorge Luis Borges and his ‘Nine Dantesque Essays’ in the voice of the author himself.

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