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Parisian Notes

Dante's Inferno was exhibited for the first time in France at the Cinema de Paris last Friday. Mr. Brockway has given me some interesting information concerning this production. “it is the most remarkable film I have ever seen,” he said, "when the Milano Company first conceived the idea of making a film of Dante's famous work critics declared that there were certain scenes beyond the capabilities of human art. Nevertheless, after many failures and many months of labour, two scenes, chosen from amongst the most difficult in the whole book, were eventually completed. These were shown to the most important Dante Societies in Europe; the result was that the sceptics soon changed their opinion, and became enthusiastic collaborators. The Milano offices and studios became a centre for artists, sculptors, musicians, poets, and authors, all zealously working to finish the great film which had been so well commenced. When the production was finished, it was shown to the King of “Italy. The King—who is an ardent admirer of Dante—accepted a copy of the film offered to him by the manufacturers. The film took more than a year to make. The scenery and artiste's salaries alone amount to £2O,OOO. There are one hundred scenes. It takes an hour ‘and a half to exhibit.” Next week I hope to give a· report of the film.

John Cher

The Bioscope March 7th 1912