Dante’s Divine Comedy is one of the most beloved of Dante’s oeuvre.
His Divine Comedy, adapted from the Italian epic poem by the French writer Michelangelo Antonioni, tells the story of the first of three epic battles between the demons of hell and the angels of God.
The film, which stars the likes of Demi Moore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, and John Malkovich, is considered one of cinema’s greatest triumphs, earning over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Now, with a new trailer and new information on the movie’s production, we look back at the making of Dante and how Dante and his followers overcame the odds to defeat the forces of evil and ascend to Heaven.
What was Dante’s motivation for creating the Divine Comedy?
What inspired Michelangelo to create the Divine Comedies?
The original poem by Michelangelo, known as the ‘Tuscany’ of Dante, was originally a commentary on the Second Vatican Council, the most controversial and divisive of the four ecumenical councils held in the Middle Ages.
The council divided the church in half between those who approved the canonization of Jesus Christ and those who opposed it.
The latter group included the pope and the church’s most prominent theologians.
In the novel’s introduction, Dante tells his followers that they were summoned by the devil to the council, where he would ask the council to reconsider the council’s decision and to accept Jesus Christ as the new supreme ruler of the world.
The novel’s story begins with the pope, the pope’s brother, and his assistant, Cornelius Pilate, arriving in Rome.
Cornelius, an important figure in the church at the time, was captured by the demons, who were hunting him in an attempt to kill him.
Cornelus was executed and was the subject of a major Christian feast the next day.
As the pope is being buried, Cornelis is taken back to the church and burned alive.
This is the story that Dante tells in the Divine comedy, which he dubs ‘The Last Suiting of the Church.’
Why did Michelangelo and Dante choose to adapt the poem to film?
While the novel itself was written during the time of the Council, Dante’s followers decided to adapt Michelangelo for their own purposes.
The Italian director, Piero Manzoni, had originally wanted to adapt Dante’s poem to a stage play, but the Church objected, saying it would cause confusion among the faithful.
The play would have included a reference to the Second Council, but Manzoni and his team decided to make the adaptation of the poem a true adaptation of Dante himself.
The adaptation itself was a labor of love for Manzoni.
It took three years to produce and was made in collaboration with the famous Italian artist Pietro del Giudice.
Dante and the Holy Fathers’ love for the Divine Comics was evident from the time Manzoni was commissioned to create a new Dante comic strip.
The artist also had to deal with the complex emotions of his work, which was meant to evoke both pity and love.
Did the adaptation actually work?
The adaptation was an absolute success, according to Manzoni’s longtime friend, Giovanni Bagnoli.
Bagnol is an Italian illustrator who had worked with Manzoni on a series of cartoons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including the iconic ‘Ave Maria,’ a comic strip depicting Dante’s encounter with his brother.
The original artwork, which had been designed by Manzoni for a movie that was going to be released in Italy, became a collector’s item and eventually sold for more than $2 million.
The comic strip itself was published by the Italian publication, La Stampa, for a record price of $1.5 million in 1981.
The new version of the comic strip was released in 1982, becoming a worldwide best-seller and also becoming a cultural phenomenon.
It sold more than 7.5m copies worldwide, and in 1983, the film was released.
How did the film go over with audiences?
While audiences have embraced the Divine comic strips in their own lives, the movie has garnered some controversy, as the film portrays the Divine comedians in a very literal way.
For example, the depiction of Michelangelo as a demon-possessed, sex-addled man is not an exaggeration, as Dante’s disciples have also described Michelangelo in a sexual manner.
The movie also depicts the Holy Father in a more sexual way, which is not appropriate for Dante and those in the group, who believed in a divine hierarchy.
The film also uses a very violent portrayal of the Holy Monks, which many critics have found offensive.
The portrayal of Holy Monk-hood is considered to be a very extreme form of the Catholic faith.
How was the movie funded?
The film was financed by the Vatican, but was financed through the Vatican’s own financial arm, the Congregation for Divine Worship. The money