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By Amilcare Iannucci

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is among the seminal works of western literature. Its effect on sleek tradition has been huge, immense, nourishing a plethora of 20th century authors from Joyce and Borges to Kenzaburo Oe. even supposing Dante's effect within the literary sphere is easily documented, little or no has been written on his both deciding upon function within the evolution of the visible media distinctive to our instances, specifically, cinema and tv. Dante, Cinema, and tv corrects this oversight.

The essays, from a huge diversity of disciplines, hide the effect of the Divine Comedy from cinema's silent period on via to the period of sound and the arrival of tv, in addition to its impression on particular administrators, actors, and episodes, on national/regional cinema and tv, and on genres. in addition they examine the several modes of appropriation via cinema and tv. Dante, Cinema, and tv demonstrates the various sophisticated ways that Dante's Divine Comedy has been given 'new life' via cinema and tv, and underscores the great quantity of Dante's endurance within the smooth world.

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Above all else, here evil is ubiquitous. The law firm of Milton, Chadwick, Waters has its fingers in every legal pie, victory is marked by success, and justice is of no concern. As Satan tells Kevin toward the close of the film, he has chosen law as his entry point into the world because there are so many lawyers. Legal evil has replaced the legal eagle, and this evil, in turn, spreads everywhere and tarnishes every character in the film, a fact reinforced by cameo appearances by Senator Alfonse D'Amato and Don King.

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Questa importante svolta, decisiva per il rilancio e I'affermazione dello spettacolo cinematografico presso il pubblico piu largo, si verified negli anni tra il 1904 e il 1907, a partire dalle citta del Centro-Sud (soprattutto Roma e Napoli), dove il tenore di vita era piu basso e meno accentuate e virulente risultavano le lotte sociali. Protagonisti di questa nuova fase di avvio delle attivita cinematografiche furono alcuni pionieri di nuovo tipo, professionalmente preparati e dotati di uno spirito imprenditoriale che mancava ai cineasti del primissimo periodo.

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