L’Inferno (1911)

Italy, 1911
35mm film, black and white (tinted), 1.33:1

An Italian fantasy film directed by Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe de Liguoro. It is believed to the be the first feature length film shown in USA in a single sitting.

Plot Summary

Dante the poet is lost in a wood, unable to reach the light of salvation at the top of a mountain. Another poet, Virgil is sent to rescue him and together they travel through Hell on their way to Paradise.


Directed by: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan
With the Collaboration of: Giuseppe de Liguoro
Milano Film, SAFFI-Comerio
Based on the Poem La divina commedia by: Dante Alighieri
Director of Photography: Emilio Roncarolo
Music by: Raffaele Caravaglios; Tangerine Dream [restored version]
Production Designers: Francesco Bertolini, Sandro Properzi

Salvatore Papa (Dante Alighieri)
Arturo Pirovano (Virgilio)
Giuseppe de Liguoro (Farinata degli Uberti)
Pier Delle Vigne (Il conte Ugolino)
Augusto Milla (Lucifer)
Attilio Motta
Emilise Beretta



  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.87 – credits