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streaming > L’Inferno by Francesco Bertolini, with an original soundtrack by Marco Castelli


L’Inferno (1911), a silent movie by Francesco BertoliniGiuseppe de Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan, is the first big budget production in the history of Italian cinema. Inspired by the famous engravings by Gustave Doré, the film was an unprecedented colossal: 3 years in the making, a cast of 150, 100 sets and a huge box office success in Europe and the US. Adapted from Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, and only available in damaged or censored copies, the film was restored to its full glory by L’Immagine Ritrovata Lab – Cineteca di Bologna

For this special screening, organized as part of the 21st Week of Italian Language in the World, Italian jazz saxophonist, Marco Castelli, recorded an original soundtrack live to accompany the most visionary of Italian silent films. The screening will feature also a special commentary by John P. Welle, Professor Emeritus of Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame and expert on Italian Silent Cinema.


Directed by Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe de Liguoro and Adolfo Padovan
Italy, 1911 – 30’

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The 21st Annual Week of Italian Language in the World is organized
Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic



Registration (available October 18-24, 2021)

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Marco Castelli is an Italian saxophonist and composer with a prolific career at home and abroad. Beside his activity in the jazz world, he’s also a conductor and a composer for theatre and dance, as well as a sound designer. Marco has worked with a variety of medias including poetry, video art and visual arts. He is the artistic director of Anelli Records.

Marco Castelli has toured the world extensively, from New York to Singapore, from Paris to Dakar, from Beijing to Kingston, playing in more than forty countries across several continents. A regular in festivals such as the Singapore Art Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Perm Festival Russia, Boemia Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Atene Jazz, Bangkok International Festival, Festival Cervantino, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Kaunas International Festival, he has collaborated with famous artists like Lee Konitz, Markus Stockhausen and Philip Catherine and appears in more than 50 albums between solo recordings and collaborations. 

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John P. Welle is Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages and Literatures and Concurrent Professor Emeritus of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on modern Italian literature and culture, film and media interactions, theatre and early cinema, and poetry and literary translation. 

He has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and the University of Bologna. He is the author of The Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto and the editor of Film and LiteratureAnnali d’Italianistica (1988). His translation and edition of Peasants Wake for Fellini’s Casanova and Other Poems by Andrea Zanzotto was awarded a prize from the Academy of American Poets. His scholarship on silent cinema appears in journalsas Bianco e NeroCinema & Cinema and Film History; and in volumes as A nuova luce: Cinema muto italiano, Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader, and The Italian Cinema Book. 

He serves on the editorial boards of Annali d’ItalianisticaL’Avventura: International Journal of Italian Film and Media LandscapesItalian Studies, and PSA: Journal of the Pirandello Society of America. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. 


  • Organizzato da: Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington