The eyes of Dante

original title:

Gli occhi di Dante

directed by:

production:

Doc Art, SWR ARTE, RAI5, DANTE2021 National committee, Emilia-Romagna Film Commission

country:

Italy

year:

2021

film run:

54'

format:

colour

status:

Shooting (15/04/2021)

Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy: the first poet to encapsulate within a single work the full complement of humanity’s light and darkness.
What visions flashed to Dante’s mind while he was composing his Inferno? What were his eyes beholding when he wrote his Paradise?
They beheld the beauty of Giotto and Italian art, the enchantment of Tuscan towns and landscapes, the force of Nature, the dramatic and violent memories of his own life...
Seven hundred years after his death (September 2021) an original portrayal of the greatest European poet of the Middle Ages, through the thrilling discovery of his visual universe.
In Dante, poetry is closely linked to experience. The drama of a gory battle is woven into the every day life of a mother breastfeeding her baby, or the steam emanating from our frozen hands in the winter, with a ray of sunlight cutting through water, with the blaze and crackling wood of heretics burning at the stake… United to these images of life and nature (all described by Dante in his works) there will be the artworks that Dante himself had seen and loved: Giotto’s Last Judgment, the sculptures of Giovanni Pisano, the mosaics of Ravenna… With the places where he had lived and where the most important moments of his life had taken place: the Tuscan landscapes and cities, Florence and Pisa, Rome and Ravenna.